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Training And Competence in Economics
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

rofile of the participants und project backgroundThe target group of this project at the Rudolf-Rempel Business College Bielefeld (RRB) are full-time trainees of the vocational college leading to a general university entrance qualification focussing on Economics, Europe and Languages. The multilateral Comeniusproject Eurobacdiploma, coordinated by the RRB, developed a certificate of excellence named "European Business Baccalaureate Diploma" ("EBBD") with 8 different elements harmonised throughout Europe. One of these elements is the work placement abroad.Project objectivesThe learners should gain practical work experience in a company abroad, develop professional and intercultural competence and improve their foreign language skills. The acquired knowledge should enhance their employability in international companies as well as their mobility and enable them to European, entrepreneurial thinking. The participants should actively participate in their life, working and learning environment in a European country and reinforce their European identity.By testing the use of various ECVET elements developed in the "EBBD" project and by using the instruments / certificates Euro Pass mobility, the Euro pass CV and the Euro Language Passport the efficiency and quality, the Europe-wide transparency and recognition of the placement abroad in to the training should be increased. The partners involved should further develop their quality standards in the context of the project objectives, exploit synergies and thereby possibly increase their competitiveness and their project financing options.Number of participantsThe total number of participants over the 24-month project period is 36 learners. The internships are planned as a 4-week activity in a company in a partner's country. The internship period is firmly anchored in the annual agenda of the commercial college. In 2017 and 2018 18 learners at any one time will complete the internship (three weeks in school time and the first week of their Easter holidays). Description of activities and procedures for project implementation Before start of the project the RRB concludes partners partnership agreements in which, inter alia, learning areas / competences and fields of action and the procedures for evaluation, documentation, validation and recognition are agreed. After the selection of applicants these go through an organizational, educational, cultural, and task-related preparation. The learning agreement is concluded. Concrete learning outcomes / competences are formulated. At the end of the internship, the results are evaluated with an appraisal form (criteria-based interview) by the mentor and the participant. After returning the internship is reflected by the participants. Using assessment results the Euro pass mobility is issued. The trainees write their professional thesis and create their Euro Language Passport. The project will be evaluated by the participants and accompanying partners during the project and at its end and disseminated.Description of the expected results and effects and the expected long-term benefitsThe project enhances the employability, enables them to study at a European university and encourages them to move to different European countries. This effect is supported by obtaining the instruments recognized throughout Europe such as Europass CV, Europass Mobility and Europass Language Passport. The participants act internationally, Europe for them grows together. Their European identity is strengthened.The RRB is at the school site and in the region the only vocational college that offers this Europe-wide harmonized additional qualification (work placement in connection with EBBD). This increases the attractiveness and quality of training at RRB. This project enables participants with lower chances to join the project; other sponsors can possibly be gained through effective dissemination of the project.The companies get applicants with readiness for mobility, extensive soft skills and economic expertise that can move around safely on the floor of international economic issues. The internship company open themselves through the internship for employees from a pan-European labour market and can use their cultural and national backgrounds to expand their business into other European countries.By the close cooperation of the international partner institutions in the project an exchange, transfer and evaluation of knowledge, methods and techniques is created. Synergy effects arise for participating institutions. An interested public is informed by disseminating the project. The desired effect is the development of a culture of experience exchange and communication between the groups involved with each other about the project contents and objectives, developing and adapting themselves to the current social, political and economic circumstances.

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