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Se former en Europe : un atout grâce à la mobilité
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Henri Poincaré Vocational high-school for Trade and Social Care careers, located in Palaiseau, Essonne (91), is a public educational institution attended by students who mainly come from junior high school For some, the option of a vocational career is imposed because of the difficulties they face in general education subjects including foreign languages. Teachers are often faced with the problem of motivation, Through the mobility abroad, this European curriculum is a means of involving these students in a mobilizing project which enables them to acquire skills and autonomy that are necessary for their success. Our project We are applying for 22 grants for National BTECH in Retail Management students who will have internal work experience abroad during the academic years of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 (11 students in 2015/2016 and 11 students in 2016/2017). Lycée Poincaré has been organizing mobilities abroad for the European section ‘Secrétariat’ for several years. Given the positive feedback of this section, we have set up mobility projects in the Retail Management department for the years 2011/2012, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. These projects having been accepted, similarly to our application for the European section, we are applying for a new project for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years. Project Description The mobility will take place in Peterborough, England and will be organized in five preparatory days and a 3 week internship. The first 5 days are devoted to a progressive discovery of the environment before joining the host company, in which a tutor will be responsible for the participants. We will travel on the Eurostar and students will stay with their host families. The allocation of families and businesses is organized by a local provider which also closely supervises the trainees with the educational team and in accordance to the previously approved specifications . This project involves the various members of staff of our school: the head teacher, the accountant, and the educational teams of the relevant classes. Objectives The objectives notably involve the professional aspect as the project is primarily a linguistic enhancement in connection with the vocational training, but they also go beyond this aim. They bring a cultural aspect through the discovery of a way of life and a different environment. And finally, building up personal confidence in our students is the underlying objective of our project as it allows them to develop self-confidence, autonomy and thus helps them to mature. Our requirements Our students belong to families who mainly come from disadvantaged or underprivileged backgrounds. The financial aspect of the mobility is therefore important, hence the need to obtain funding from Erasmus+ in correspondence with that of the High School and of the Ile-de-France Region. Predicted Outcome The internal training period done as part of the mobility will be taken into account for the Baccalauréat degree. It is therefore assessed by teachers at the place of mobility. Regarding the foreign language assessment in the exam, the evaluation methods which are now being oriented towards oral practice and the skills acquired through the mobility will provide a concrete basis for the preparation of this exam. Because our students are enrolled in the European section, they will take a specific oral exam (which lasts 20 minutes, preceded by a 20-minute preparation time). According to their results, they can obtain a special European grade in the Baccalauréat. In addition, each participant will receive a personalized Europass mobility at the end of their training period. In the perspective of professional integration, the skills acquired by students reflect the European dimension in their training. Finally, the European aspect of the project is an undeniable added value for the participants: our students will be able to "experience Europe" explicitly.
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