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Sports at Work
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project offers 24 Level 3 BTEC students in Sport a two week traineeship with an employer from the sector in Malta, Luxol Sports Club. Each group of 12 students will be accompanied by two qualified lecturers for the first week and two in the second week. Staff will have the opportunity to engage with the employer with a view to developing international contacts and enhancing the curriculum. The project proposes to offer invaluable industry work placements addressing the students' needs for industry experience, with the opportunity to improve technical skills through practices in another European country, and the need to improve other skills required by employers today. The students will be placed with the partner with a focus on matching placements to the participants’ needs and areas of interest. The project uses a partnership with an established and experienced organisation in Malta to provide quality work placements and relevant support for the learners. The Sports students will be placed within massage, physiotherapy, nutrition and coaching at Luxol Sports Club. The work placement opportunity will give practical experience within the fields required by the students’ course, exposing them to industry professionals, and the further personal development that this brings. There is added value from the European setting providing another level of skills and employability opportunities. Project objectives: * Provide the students with much needed hands-on experience within the technical areas of their chosen industry, building on their skills and learning new methods and techniques * Provide knowledge of industry practices within another European country * Enhance the participants' understanding of the world of employment * Develop the participants' personal and enterprise skills * Introduce them to another culture and language * Develop confidence and self-belief and life skills being placed in an unfamiliar foreign working environment and integrating into local society through the use of public transport etc. It is expected that as a result of the project the students will have advanced their competences; will have developed their personal, enterprise and employability skills; and gained an additional qualification all to the benefit of their studies and their future employment prospects. In the longer term the project will allow the College to develop its capacity to deliver a quality curriculum and European opportunities for staff and students. It will contribute to the College's main objectives as set out in the College Development Plan - "To improve the quality and relevance of education and training by providing a curriculum that will inspire, transform and enrich" and "To tackle the skills barriers to employment and employability".
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