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Učíme se pracovat & Pracujeme, abychom se dále učili
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project named Learning to Work & Working to Learn focuses on the preparation and implementation of student internships in companies, organizations, including charity organizations, and institutions in the UK in collaboration with our partner organization ADC College London. The main objective of the project is to link theoretical knowledge of economics - the organization and business management, manufacturing enterprise activities, financial management, financial resources, financial markets, the internationalization of business activities, as well as accounting - bookkeeping, working with accounting documents, management - management functions, organization of activities, personnel team management, marketing - marketing strategies and techniques, market research, sales, information systems in companies, international trade, business correspondence, working with the means of information and communication technologies, and last but not least language skills that students acquire in school lessons, with experience in the real world of business and commerce. Students will have the opportunity to verify their practical knowledge and skills acquired through theoretical study, to test whether they are able to stand up to everyday communication in English with their colleagues and superiors in the course of work, with their mentors and also in ordinary conversational situations with host families, in means of public transport, while visiting cultural and historical landmarks, etc. The project plans to use the European Credit Transfer System for VET (ECVET), mainly because we intend to determine precisely before leaving for an internship what the participants are to learn in the course of internship abroad. Therefore, we plan to work with our international partners to develop units of learning outcomes. Such a tool will not only identify the exact acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences, but will also determine which specific qualification they apply to, respectively which qualification they are part of. When they return from the internship, each student will bring a proof of what knowledge, skills and competences they have learned. By making use of ECVET, we will significantly simplify the procedure of verification and recognition of our students’ acquired knowledge. Our goal is to contribute to achieving better international comparability of education gained at the internship. The importance of internships abroad is that our students are offered a far greater potential than the possibility of similar practices in Czech firms because they result not only in their continuing professional development in the natural environment of foreign companies, but also in developing their language skills and finally, in the development of their personality. We assume that the stay abroad and the work in foreign companies, organizations and institutions will affect in our students the formation and strengthening of such personal qualities as competitiveness, adaptability, independence, promptness and proactive approach to further education. The completion of the internship in the United Kingdom will represent for the project participants a significant shift in their professional and personal development and after completion of formal education it will greatly increase their chances in the labour market and become a motivation for them for lifelong learning. The project will provide significant benefits not only for the participants of the mobility activities, but we also expect it to represent a positive impact for the professional development of the other teachers at our school, because it will increase the attractiveness and effectiveness of the educational process at our school and will help in further broadening and deepening of our international cooperation activities.
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