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Praktika in ausländischen Unternehmen – Workplacements in British Enterprises
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project deals with work experience in London. Together with our partner, ADC College, we offer two weeks of practical experience in companies from different areas of business and a one week language course at the beginning of the stay. The companies can be real estate agents, wholesale companies etc. . Moreover our pupils stay in host families in London. Work experience and life in a host family enable the students to test their competence regarding getting around in new unknown areas and situations. These are aspects and qualifications not only employers expect nowadays. Especially moveability and openness are important competences adults should have nowadays. Firstly the stay in London is prepared in the English lessons at school before the work experience starts. Pupils learn how to behave in different situations in foreign countries and how to treat partners from different cultures. Moreover we meet several times to prepare the stay. These meetings will deal with questions like living in a host family or the city of London as a place to live . Together with our partner, ADC College, we work out a program for the stay in London. This mainly includes a language course (one week) and the work experience (two weeks). In the first week there is a meeting with the complete group every morning dealing with current problems etc. After the stay we put emphasis on the evaluation of the stay. Every participant has to write a report about the time in London and everyone should be prepared to present this report to fellow pupils, teachers or employers. In cooperation with ADC College we hand out the Europass Mobility as proof of participation in the project. Moreover every participant gets a special certificate from Eugen -Schmalenbach Berufskolleg and a supplementary note as part of their annual report. Some further information about our partner in London: ADC College is a professional development and language tuition organisation based in north-west London. It was founded in 1996 as part of ADC Technology Training Ltd and has been involved in vocational and professional training for more than 20 years. Accredited by the UK national agency the British Council for excellence in English tuition, ADC College has long experience of successfully developing and executing international mobility programmes in partnership with educational institutions from all across Europe. Over the years, training and development sessions have been delivered to course participants from almost all European countries, and programmes have been continuously improved on the basis of participant input, ICT, training companies as well as the contributions of ADC College mentors. Dedicated departments look after the personal and professional development of each project participant. The work experience department is in close contact with a wide range of employers that partner with ADC College to give young students the opportunity to gain work experience. Through tailored mentoring sessions with each student, ADC College has developed an extensive quality management system that is continuously feeding into the improvement of the work experience programme, and which gives participants the chance to actively participate in the programme improvement processes. Together with external businesses, ADC College agrees training outcomes and acts as the representative of all work placement companies to Sending Organisations. ADC College’s Work Placement Officers have extensive experience in monitoring participants’ progress during the placement and in helping them to deal with the specific situations they face. ADC College mentors are highly qualified, with extensive experience in delivering outcome-focused professional development programmes based on knowledge transfer, empowerment and quality management. Due to constant contact with participants from a variety of European countries, ADC College staff are highly trained in dealing with intercultural matters, helping participants to develop their full potential with regard to gaining professional experience in an unknown environment, increasing self-confidence, and acquiring transferable skills to equip them for their future careers. Placement officers do not only mentor students but are also in constant contact with work placement partners, so that the quality of work placements and the development of students can be constantly monitored. Country Managers take care of project participants and provide inter-cultural training and inductions to increase the quality of the participants’ stay in London. All Country Managers are sensitive to all aspects of working and living abroad, due to their own experience of living and working in an international environment.Country Managers also help Sending Organisations prepare the participants by providing them with detailed information about their stay, informing them of work placement requirements and local customs.
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