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Praktische Ausbildung und Erfahrungen im Lernfeld Europa
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Ten partner institutions in ENGLAND, FINLAND, the NETHERLANDS, AUSTRIA, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SPAIN and 115 participants take part in the two-year long project "Practical Training and Experience in the Learning Field of Europe (pAerle): 36 Early Years trainees who each do a 7-week training placement in Febr/March 2016/2017; 8 Health and Social Care trainees who each do a 4-week work placement in July/August 2015/2016; 8 Health and Social Care Practitioners who have just completed their training at Ritterplan College; 8 trainees from Hotel and Restaurant Business Courses who do 2-week work placements in January 2016/2017; 34 Early Years Practitioners from local Nursery Schools in Göttingen and the Göttingen district who do placements of 3 - 5 days in Children´s Centres in Goucestershire, Bexley/London and the Netherlands; 2 Youth Development Officers from Göttingen Youth Service who do placements of 3 - 5 days in young people´s homes in Austria and Romania; 2 Youth Workers from a Göttingen Youth Centre who do placements of 5 days at Bexley Youth Service in UK; 15 tutors from Ritterplan College who each do a 5-day placement in one of the partner institutions. The overall aim of this project is to increase the process of internationalization at Ritterplan College and in the Göttingen region by enabling not only its trainees to gain practical work experience abroad, but also its staff and the staff of local training partners such as nurseries, schools and youth centres with whom Ritterplan College cooperate. The close link of College education and training at work places in the local area and at European partner places will improve the quality of training of Ritterplan College trainees. Moreover, it will strengthen the cooperation and exchange of knowledge of education in Early Childhood, Health and Social Care and Youth Work among its staff. Except for one workplace (The Concord Hotel) all partner institutions deal with the care and education of children, young people and adults with and without learning disabilities. Here the participants will learn about different care work methods and their underlying concepts and get the opportunity to pracise them in every day routines. The staff from Göttingen Youth Service will cooperate with European partners and promote the process of non-formal learning and enhance quality improvements in youth work in Europe. All learning project participants will be instructed and monitored by skilled host mentors at each of the European partner workplaces and additionally by link tutors of Ritterplan College by regular visits and email contact. Partnership agreements and the description of learning outcomes for Early Years trainees in their 1st year of training, EQF 6, have already been made. Learning outcomes for Health and Social Care trainees and employees for the Hotel and Restaurant Service will be described within this project. Ritterplan College aims to promote the transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to support the free movement of workers for job purposes or further learning in Europe. Moreover, due to the increasing internationalization of the labour market Ritterplan College hopes that all of the project participants will be able to foster international skills and improve their professional, linguistic, intercultural and personal competences. After the participants´ return their results will be evaluated and disseminated on special events, conferences and governors´ meetings in the Göttingen area and on the homepage of Ritterplan College. The project results will trigger discussions and help to develop reforms in the vocational education and training in the field of Early Childhood, Health and Social Care, Youth Work and the Hotel and Restaurant Business. All participants will develop a better understanding for the linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe and increase their motivation to initiate innovative projects and to open themselves to new ideas and contribute to growth and productivity. During their stay abroad they will get to know different political systems, put them in relation with each other, evaluate them and learn to play an active role in enhancing social inclusion in Europe.

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