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Udvarházak és adományboltok - szakmai gyakorlat Plymouthban
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 Dec 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Varga István Secondary School offers vocational training in Commerce and Tourism for youngsters aged 14 to 20. We've always aimed to give our students beside high standard academic studies a life-like vocational training. The students have to do 2 – 4 weeks compulsory working placements in their summer holidays. Participating in this project, we would like to provide our students the opportunity to do placements in the UK with the assistance of the Erasmus +. We intend to place 20 of our students studying Commerce, in two turns, in charity shops, and 6 students studying tourism in stately homes for the duration of their compulsory training.While in Britain there are almost 9000 charity shops employing 213,000 volunteers, in Hungary they appeared only a few years ago, and we can encounter only a dozen of units. We would like to use this opportunity to find out how these shops operate and to implement this knowledge in our social and economic environment later.Manor houses are the most specific sites in the English countryside which provide a wide range of entertaining opportunities for visitors. The current trends of tourism in Hungary focus on active and ecotourism, festivals and culture. Our aim is to become acquainted and map a field and its potentials such as the mansions of Plymouth and their gardens which may open the way to develop mansions in Hungary.We have worked with Almond Vocational Link, a Plymouth based non-profit organization for several years. They are a host organization for mobility projects, a committed team for organizing, monitoring and evaluating placements. They have developed extensive contacts with local businesses in many sectors.The beneficiaries are in the 2nd or 3rd form, or they are in the vocational training of Commerce and they intend to get a storekeeper or guide qualification. They have already done more than two years of vocation, their knowledge is adequate for working in an international environment.The participants are going to work on weekdays, from 9 am to 5 pm, for three weeks. The first turn will attend the internship Nov. 6- 26, 2016; the second turn from June 25 to July 15, 2017. During their internship the beneficiaries will carry out the following tasks:- assisting the reception of goods, putting price labels, preparing and displaying them in the shop floor- working at the electronic cash register- assisting customers- finding out structures and activities of charity shops in the UK- realizing the environmental impact of using second-hand goods- recognizing the financial viability of the charity sector- meeting volunteers during placements, and learning about the impact of volunteering- learning about indoor and outdoor activities connected to stately homes- organising and guiding optional programs- participates in orginising eventsThe close guidance allows trainees to carry out a comparative analysis of employment conditions and recognize the opportunities of starting a charity shop later in Hungary. They'll be aware of the role of touristic establishments in promoting economic growth and explore the opportunities inhering in the utilisation of manor houses for tourism. They can find out the activities and strategies of social enterprises involved in the process, the models of work, the working and social conditions of the people in the host country. They can realize that they are able to meet the demands of the European labour market, and they can be more conscious of their values. They can make a substantial progress in their English knowledge and take an exam soon.Schedule:- Aug 2016: selection of project members, distribution of tasks and obligations, concluding agreements with the partner - Sep 2016: selection and concluding agreements with participants of the first turn- Oct 2016: preparatory course for the first turn, travel arrangements- Nov 2016: mobility period, placements for the first turn and monitoring - Dec 2016: evaluation of the training for the first turn, preparing Europass Mobility Certificates- Nov-Dec 2016: continuous dissemination of results in the school, local and professional communities- Feb-March 2017: selection of participants and concluding agreements with the second turn- May-June 2017: preparatory course for the second turn, travel arrangements- June-July 2017: mobility period, placements for the second turn and monitoring- Aug 2017: evaluation, preparing Europass Mobility Certificates, final reports and closing the project- Sep-Nov 2017: continuous dissemination of resultsImpacts:- the successful ending of the vocational training, favourable involvement in the labour market on the short term and successful carrier as an employee or an entrepreneur on the long term for the participants- widening the frames of the training, involving new contents in our pedagogical program on the short term and making the vocational training attractive for potential partners on the long term for our institution.
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