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SenBJW-LdV-mobil_2_2015
Start date: 01 Feb 2016, End date: 31 Dec 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Berlin is a region in Europe where competences for European citizens play an important role. This does not only hold to be true for staff for the city administration but also for the young people who do not only consider themselves citizens of an exciting metropolis but also the beneficiaries of European freedom of movement. Since the middle of the 90s, politicians of the city government and administration have signed European networking agreements in which European cooperation in the field of vocational training is to be enhanced. On the one hand, the cooperation between schools, companies, chambers and labour unions are improved and on the other hand, the acquisition of language and cultural tools make international cooperation and mobility feasable. TThe main objective is always that the youths should benefit. Through company and VET-or work-oriented stays abroad, they can look beyond their usual limitations. At the same time, reciprocally, Berlin hosts young people in work placements and makes it possible for them to make professional experiences within a guided framework. Sometimes this has also lead to work contracts (both in Berlin and in partner cities).At the same time, the cooperation among the teachers and the decision makers in VET i indispensable. On the one hand, they must understand how to interpret the respective qualifications. On the other hand, they support each other while develooping strategies for improvement of teaching methods and recipes in order to achieve the Lisbon or rahter Maastricht/Copenhagen-Bruges objectives. Social inergration and even inclusion through education and training are as much a topic s the development of ECVET, the application of the EQF in oder to be able to tell companies which receive youths in work placements exactly which competences they can expect from the candidates. Of course there also need to be arrangements for the evaluation and assessment of the learning visits. Often teachers or traininers visit the receiving companies shortly before the end of the stay in order to do the assessemnt together with the local tutor.By all means, Berlin as a member of the city network XARXA FP applies the evaluation forms which were developed according to the development of the certification ISO 9001:2000 (or now 2008). In whole, the Senate Department for Education plans not only to send young persons during their initial vocational training, experts, trainers and teachers, and young professionals in their first year after finishing their vocational training into mobilities, but also to support the vocational schools and the training companies as far as administrative tasks for running an EU-project is concerned. At the same time, they should have all the liberty possible in order to design their strategy for internationalization.Through these mobilities, the cooperation is continually followed up and at the same time, the basis of mutual trust is being reinforced so that partnership projects lead to more MoUs which will make mobilities with an increased qualitiy.By and by the networks thus develop into a "closely knit fabric". This is an obvious sign for the fact that Europe is growing together in the field of vocational training and employment. It is worth mentioning that we have event come to a "second generation of trainees". A former trainee (2003 work placement from Berlin to Rovaniemi) later on took over the business from his training company in Finland. This spring he started prvinding work placements to trainees from Berlin himself.
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