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Praktikutbyte Lundellska Skolan-Fredrikstad
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The healthcare sector in Sweden will need to increase the recruitment of educated personnel in the foreseeable future. Lundellska Skolan’s (Upper secondary school) Care and Treatment Programme has, for some years, taken part in a project together with the local administration for the healthcare sector in Uppsala intended to attract young adults to the sector. The number of students applying to the Care and Treatment Programme has declined in recent years, creating a need to find new approaches to stop this negative trend. Within the project with the city of Uppsala we are using an assortment of tactics to increase interest and status for the various healthcare professions and the Care and Treatment Programme. We consider international work place training an important part of this. Lundellska Skolan has previous experience of international mobility from countries such as Latvia, Denmark and Great Britain. We know that internationalization in the form of work place training is in focus provides the students and the school with important and unique experiences that we wish to achieve in our development goals. In extension we can see that this leads to an increased interest for the Care and Treatment Programme from youths. In connection to Open House and School exhibitions we meet young people trying to choose upper secondary programme with an interest for international issues and other countries. Lundellska Skolan’s Care and Treatment Programme has a group consisting of representatives from both teachers and school administration to work for developing internationalisation. The Care and Treatment Programme has a previously established a well-functioning partnership with Fredrikstad Municipality, Norway. Our plan is to continue working with our partner Fredrikstad’s Municipality and Fjeldbergs sykehjem (nursing home). Our plan is to send five of our students (year two out of three) to work place training in Norway for the duration of three weeks on two different occasions. The students will be placed in different wards in Fjeldbergs sykehjem (nursing home). There is a syllabus for the work placement with a plan for how the student should acquire necessary knowledge and skills. The students will receive a placement supervisor, the equivalent of an assistant nurse, for the duration of the work placement. By having a local mentor the students obtain an awareness of living and working conditions in Norway. When the students are participating in the day-to-day care of the elderly in a ward they have regular contact with an assortment of people with diverse backgrounds. This experience increases the students understanding of various housing environments and living conditions. During the work place training the Swedish students are in contact with Norwegian students from the Norwegian equivalent of the Care and Treatment Programme, getting opportunities to compare experiences with Norwegian youths. Furthermore, having work place training in a foreign country demands personal maturity, independence and being away from home a longer period of time. We believe mobility affects attraction for professions within the healthcare sector. Our hope is that the results from the international work place training in Fredrikstad will appeal strongly to young people and affect their choices. Youths of today have many opportunities and access to an open labour market within the EU. Getting international experience together with the Care and Treatment Programme will hopefully affect the students’ competiveness in the labour market.
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