Studium bez hranic II
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
This project "Studying without borders" enabled the work experience of 30 students of the Business School, Secondary Special School for Librarians and Further Education College Brno to Great Britain for two weeks (10 working days).
During this time period they worked in various London companies – e.g. the real estate agency Maple Estates, the language school CCLS School, in the office of the Tune Hotel Kings Cross, the travel agency HF Holidays, in the legal advice bureau for immigrants LP Legal Services, in the accounting office Clear House Accountants, in the company organizing educational courses Future Training College, etc.
Their work experience included writing business letters, working with databases, communication with customers, preparation of company events, processing invoices, planning presentations and performing other administrative tasks.
The project was implemented in cooperation with its partner ADC College from London, which arranged contact with companies and enabled suitable work placement of students, based on questionnaires, CVs, language tests and other materials provided by our school. Only one student was usually placed in a company. During work experience, they were directly supervised both by company representatives/ mentors, who evaluated their work, and by two accompanying persons, who visited students in companies, provided support, helped with solving problems and evaluated the quality of provided working practice.
Moreover, there were running meetings of students and accompanying persons where participants shared particular knowledge from both workplaces and host families. The aim was sharing experience and improving quality of further part of the work experience.
Students of the 2nd and 3rd form of the business academy and business lyceum, who have more advanced professional knowledge, were chosen for this work experience in the school competition (consisting of four parts). The first term of work experience took place 29 November – 12 December 2015 (15 students), the second term 17 April – 30 April 2016 (15 students).
Students managed work in companies without problems and their employers highly appraised their communication skills, professional skills and work attitude. Their improved their skills in contact with customers, administrative work and use of information technologies. They also learned to present their work to their colleagues or customers in a suitable way, which contributed to the development of their soft-skills. They broadened their professional English terminology. All these aspects enable them to gain competitive advantage at the labour market. New modes of operation and experience from London companies will be used during students´ further education and practice. At the end of the work experience all participants recieved Europass-Mobility and references from their employers.
This project implemented ECVET, which enabled clear defining of the content of the stage, using the Unit of Learning Outcomes “Business Correspondence and Working with Databases of Clients“ (part of the professional qualification Assistent, Secretary from the Czech National Framework of Qualifications). This unit was defined in the Participant´s Agreement and was based on communication between the sending and the receiving organization, teachers of professional subjects and supervisors in companies. The unit enabled transmission and recognition of knowledge, skills and competences of students which were gained during working experience. It is part of the school educational programme and its outcomes were recognized by school without further examining (subject Professional Practice). It facilitated both monitoring and mentoring and guaranteed full transparency.
Integral part of the project was dissemination, which took part on several levels. It was a presentation with discussion for other schoolmates. Special presentations were held aimed at teachers and school management – the aim was to discuss the interconnection of theoretical subjects with practice abroad and suggest possible improvement. Information about project were passed on persons interested from other schools via personal contact. Dissemination took part at parent-teacher meetings or school internet site. Materials were presented to broad public at the Fair of Secondary Schools and Doors Open Day. The news was published on the website South Moravia Region Portal (official site of Department of Education), on the Czech internet portal novinky.cz (South Moravia Region) and will be published in local press (Zpravodaj městské části Brno-střed).
Students, who participated in this work experience, cooperated with their teachers on a brochure in English, which provides practical advice to possible future applicants – students – about work, accommodation, food, transport, free time etc. It is available on school internet site in the part "Projekty - Erasmus+" (http://www.oakobrno.cz/erasmus2015-1-cz01-ka102-012883).
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