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Reaching out for Europe IV
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 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, three 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:Approx. 80 students 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).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 a funded foreign work experience. The sending organisation, or someone within the organisation, takes responsibility for the language and intercultural preparation. The organisation sending students abroad ensures the quality as well as continuous support of the students during the placements. Project implementation:The vocational colleges and the partner organisations taking part in the consortium are responsible for the selection of suitable candidates. Together with the participants they decide on the goals for a placement abroad. They help the candidates complete the necessary documents and prepare the journey. They guarantee support during the placement and evaluate the success of each placement abroad together with the individual candidates.Description of the expected results and consequences as well as long term benefits:The results of the project reflect the goals mentioned above as closely as possible. Experiences during the project are used to help improve planning and implementing of the next project.The students aim for long-term results affecting both their personal development and their chances in the job market. The project is also meant to promote the European competence and responsibility of the participating companies and, furthermore, support future employers. In general this project is supposed to promote European concepts and ideas in the Münster region.Additionally the schools within the consortium improve their project based skills. Moreover a long-term cooperation between the schools is established aiming at making use of synergies in European based activities and improving the contents and structure of the individual educational offer.
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