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Projet de développement Européen Lycée des Métiers Arago
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The vocational secondary school ARAGO is an institution, which comprises 445 students. It is located in Nantes, in the department of Loire-Atlantique. It offers courses from professional Bachelor level to Qualified Technician Diploma level (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur-BTS) in the industrial sector and especially in the following specialities: - Wood Sector: industrial manufacturing and woodwork, architectural spaces layout - Metalwork Industry : metal work building -Installation and repairs of electronic appliances - Industrial Equipment Maintenance The international openness is a key project of the school action plan and the opening of a European section is planned in September 2015. This section is aimed at students preparing for the professional Baccalauréat in the Wood Sector. In this sector, the professional courses are taught in English one hour a week. This course aims to improve the language level but also to train students to other culture, develop their awareness of being European citizens and improve their employability. A review test at the end of the training course allows the issuance of the certificate marked "European Mention". PELMA project 2015 concerns 9 students registered in the degree course leading to one of the three professional Baccalauréats in the Wood Sector. The criteria used by the institute to select the students will be specified and communicated in advance. We plan to organize a vocational training period in a company abroad for a period of four weeks. This period will set at the end of the second semester in “première” (from mid June 2016 to Mid July 2016). This is the end of the second year in the three years period of the formation. This period is suitable to develop skills in a European context. It lies within the framework of the 22 regulation weeks of training, but will not give rise to validation. The teaching team of the Wood Sector from the ARAGO Institute, work in searching and building for partnerships with European institutes and companies. We also set up a partnership with the school technical and vocational Zespol Szkol Mechanicznych Raciborrz (Pologne ) and the firm which makes the commitment to take in charge two pupils for their training period abroad .The english teacher of the school will assure the follow up of their staying in Poland. This partnership is not yet enough and we made the choice to rely on another institute to develop this first project of student mobility PELMA . We selected International Exchanges Centre (CEI, Centre d’Echanges Internationaux) from London and Dublin, referring to Loire-Atlantique GRETA experience (Building Sector) which has developed with IEC training exchanges in companies since 2010 of Leonardo Programme 2013-2015. We agreed with IEC that this organization would take on the training research and hosting families for the students. The IEC will follow and manage the potential difficulties during the whole mobility period. The teachers from Arago secondary school will come along with the students in order to make sure their set-up during the first days of the mobility. They will go back at the end to conduct the evaluation. The teaching team from Arago will prepare the students for the mobility through language and cultural formation, and will prepare all the exchanges with IEC. The mobility is a new driving force for students school career. They will discover a new culture, a European identity; they will acquire different skills and complementary vocational knowledge; they will develop their independence. Their stay in a European company where they carry out their formation in a vocational sector will be validated by the EUROPASS mobility. The immediate impacts of the project lie in the expertise acquisition in the domain of a European Programme management. This expertise will allow to make working out partnerships concrete in the framework of the next ERASMUS + Programme. We hope in the mid-term: - a new motivation of the students with an increase of their number in the Wood Sector and a decrease of the desertion of the sector - a better success to the Baccalauréat - more students continuing their studies after the Baccalauréat and an openness to Europe - a better professional integration In the long-term, the project must give rise to the same will of European mobility for the three other sectors of the Arago secondary school. Finally, our secondary school perpetuate this programme and position itself as an approved partnership.
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