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Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In the project 11 partners from Austria, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy and Germany and 21 students from the vocational college in Wolfsberg (in short HLW) are involved. This means that out of 46 third grade students - 21 participate in the Erasmus+ project supported by the European Union, which is almost 50 percent.The 20 female and one male students are between 16 and 18 years old. They are all eligible to take part in the Erasmus+ programme because they have to do a 12-week-placement between the third and the fourth year of our school to be allowed to sit the final exams two years later. That´s why for them the school year already ends at the end of May and starts again on the first Monday in October. They have to do their compulsory training within these four months.At our school there are two different focuses: 1. language and media 2. wellness and health management. Most of the students have very good English skills as well as good Italian/French skills. Some of them have even attended optional subjects like russian, wine-connoisseur, bar-keeper, patisserie, etc. During their placements abroad students want to practise, strengthen as well as enlarge their practical as well as theoretical knowledge which they have acquired in the first three years at our school. Furthermore, within this project students will get the chance to get to know a country which they might not know at all or only from a short holiday. Another important aim is to improve their language skills – make use of what you already know, internalize it and expand your vocabulary, phrases, etc. Which skills are to be focused on, will be put down in the Learning Agreements in accordance with teacher, employers and students. During the training (accompanying persons, reports from students and mentors), that is, afterwards - the achievement of these goals will be checked. Additional ECVET aspects included in the project are: Personal Transcript and Memorandum of Understanding which are to be signed in the course of visits in the respective countries.Taking part in this project is therefore useful for the students in many respects. By working in a foreign countries they can consolidate their practical as well as their language skills, brush them up and enlarge them and that way increase their chance on the job market significantly. A further important aspect is that with the help of the Erasmus Plus project the students are to crack prejudices, become more open-minded and tolerant. And last but not least, participants are to become more mobile, even at an early age. The results of the project will be published by means of articles in local and regional newspapers, a radio interview is planned as well. Moreover, experienced project participants will pass their knowledge on to students who are thinking of going abroad in the following year at informative events at school but also outside of it.Staff mobility is another aspect that will be focused on this year. Four teachers are going to take part at the Summer Academy at Lanarkshire College in Scotland. Scottish-themed-cooking is the title of the seminar two English as well as two cooking teachers will participate in. The ultimate aim is to overcome language barriers and to finally design and hold classes together. In the long run bilingual education in the nutrion department of HLW should become part of the curriculum and give us an additional cutting edge in the future competition for students.
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