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Reaching out for Europe III
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background: The project is a cooperation to promote the job mobility of young people in their apprenticeships. To reinforce the European concept in the Münster region, four vocational colleges have joined together to take advantage of synergies and to intensify cooperation on a regional level. This consortium is supported by the EU office in regional government and has built on collective experiences gained through the EU programme, Leonardo mobility, which has been running successfully since 2010. Aims: Within the project framework apprentices and full time students from the region, who have comparably few opportunities to gain experience in foreign work places, are given the chance to gain work experience at a foreign work place and to improve intercultural as well as foreign language skills. The cooperation also offers educational establishments the chance to build a network with the aim of establishing support for the individual and in the preparation of work places. Number and profile of participants: 91students attending business courses full and part time. Description of the activities: The participants receive the chance to take part in a work experience at a foreign work place. They are supported by selected foreign partner organisations in the choice of their work placement companies as well as in their accommodation and any language and intercultural preparations in the country of their work experience. These receiving organisations ensure the on-site support whilst the support of the sending organisations is ensured through the use of new communication and information technology (e.g. email, mobile phone). Another option is as follows: Due to the positive experience made with the individual training companies and due to the personal commitment of the participants in the companies offering training, the participants are offered the possibility of a funded, but individually organised foreign work experience. The sending organisation, or someone within the organisation, takes responsibility for the language and intercultural preparation. The organisation sending students ensures the quality as well as continuous support of the students in the placements. Project implementation: The vocational colleges and the partner organisations taking part in the consortium are responsible for the selection of suitable candidates and together with the participants they decide on the goals for a stay abroad. They help the candidates with the necessary documents as well as with travel preparations. They guarantee support during the placement and evaluate the success of each stay abroad with the individual candidates. Description of the expected results and consequences as well as long term benefits: The results of the project should reflect the above formulated goals as closely as possible. Insights which arose during the project are used to help improve the planning and implementation of the project. The results, the students aim for, are meant to be long term and should affect both the personal development of the participants and their chances in the job market. The results are also meant to promote the European decision making process as well as the responsibility of the training company and thus support future employers. Generally European concepts and ideas should be promoted in the Münster region . Additionally the schools within the consortium should extend their project based skills and there should be a long-term cooperation amongst the schools, with the aim of promoting synergies in European based activities and of improving the contents and structures of the individual educational offer.
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