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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

TUPRÁCTICA project, promoted by a consortium comprised of Youth and Culture Foundation, which acts as a coordinator based on their experience and expertise in the field of European projects related to education, culture, employment and local development, along with 7 VET organisations based in the provinces of Huelva and Seville, has the overall objective of completing and complementing the offer of the professional training technical certificate taught in schools which are part of the consortium, with work experience taking place in companies in European countries (Italy, Ireland, France, Poland and Portugal) and thereby significantly increasing the levels of employability of participants and promoting their effective entry into the workforce. The target group of TUPRÁCTICA consists of 45 young in total between 18 and 30 years old, in possession of a VET certificate or students in the final year of their training to obtain a VET certificate (computing practices abroad as part of the curricular training module in workplaces- FCT). In the case of recent graduates, they will have to return from the internship no longer than 12 months since they obtained their certificates and to be selected during their last year of training. Professional sectors which the project addresses correspond to the training offered by the Consortium members: * Physical and sports activities. * Administration. * Business and marketing. * Electricity and electronic. * Mechanical manufacturing. * Information Technology and Communications. * Personal image. * Maintenance and production services. * Health. * Socio-cultural and Community services. * Transport and maintenance of vehicles. Consortium members, coming from the world of education and training, are fully aware of the needs and problems faced by the young population of Huelva and Seville, which is completing or has completed VET courses in the aforementioned sectors, thanks to their interaction in the day to day life of this group. These needs and issues are broadly: * High difficulty for the insertion within the labour market. * A high rate of youth unemployment. * Little or no work experience linked to their academic sectors. * Almost zero knowledge and use of a second language. * Lack of knowledge and use of ICT, which difficult their competitiveness. * Poor awareness of European citizenship and the workforce to compete in a global market. Based on the social and economic context of the provinces of Huelva and Seville, the needs identified among the group which we are aimed at, the professional sectors worked in and the overall objective, the Consortium has established the following specific objectives: * Achieve a specialization of the participants based on their training and through a quality work experience (as part of the training in the workplace – FCT - or outside of it, as appropriate) in businesses directly related to their professional profiles. * Reinforce synergies and the transition between the fields of VET, employment and entrepreneurship, through the acquisition of new social and professional skills. * Improve language skills in a second European language. * Closer relations between the academic and business fields. * Facilitate a better recognition of skills acquired during stays abroad. * Provide participants with transferable skills (entrepreneurship, digital skills, multilingualism, etc.). * Increase the capability and attractive of participants organizations. Furthermore, TUPRÁCTICA will have the support and commitment of intermediary partners and host companies in the destination countries, located in Brescia (Italy), Cork (Ireland), Bordeaux (France), Krakow (Poland) and Lisbon (Portugal), in the case of entities which some of the Consortium partners have previously worked with in different countries during previous mobility experiences. Finally, to highlight that TUPRÁCTICA project is the result of the commitment of the Consortium to promote training and employment amongst the young population from the provinces of Huelva and Seville, which is completing or has completed a VET course in the previously referred to sectors. The reason that we embark upon this project is to meet the stated objectives and achieve positive results, both locally and for the participants, who will complete their training routes, gain work experience and improve in the learning of a second language.
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