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Un tremplin pour un meilleur avenir
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Jean-Jacques Audubon vocational high school is located in the outskirts of Nantes, in Couëron. The whole building was built in 1969 and is composed of Paul Langevin high school with 700 pupils and Jean-Jacques Audubon vocational high school with 300 pupils in September 2015. Our school offers a wide range of vocational courses and two levels of qualications: a level V qualification (CAP in catering and CAP in caring for people in private homes and public houses) and a level IV qualification (Bac pro – equivalent to BTEC National – in electronic engineering, security services and retail with a Non Linguistic Teaching option: one professional course in English). We also have two 4th year classes with vocational training, one Ulis class (a special class dedicated to pupils with cognitive difficulties) and an MLDS unit (specializing in students that have dropped out of the educational system).Our project relies on one already in existence and carried out since 2012, though interrupted in 2015 because of financial difficulties. This is the reason why we want to apply to the Eramus+ program Mobility and training for youth and staff.The project meets both ministerial objectives strongly encouraging the international mobility of our students and the objectives laid out in our School project which strongly promotes international work, our European citizenship, the success of our pupils and their professional integration. This project concerns the professional mobility of ten students that we send on a two weeks’ training period to businesses in Wexford, Ireland. The students we send are young people, most of them are under 18 and some follow a two-year course (CAP level) training for catering or caring for the elderly (cooking, ironing, housekeeping) others a three-year course (the Bac Professionnel - equivalent to BTEC National) studying retail, electronic engineering or security services.On placement, our students integrate themselves in local businesses which relate to their area of expertise, they put into practice their professional skills and discover new ones. Alongside the professional approach, the students can discover Ireland thanks to cultural trips organized on certain days and at the weekend. Equally they participate in family life where they are individually welcomed during their trip. Rich and varied conversations with their family and at their placement facilitate full language immersion.During this professional and cultural trip, the students develop a stronger self-confidence and reinforce their linguistic and professional competences. The pursuit of post bac studies moreover becomes more easily imaginable and their professional integration more natural. It also helps develop the teachers’ fluency in English and contributes to their on-going training.To carry out this project we rely on our experience, our privileged partners within Couëron Town Hall (J. Menard, responsible for international relations) and on Irish businesses with whom we have had a relationship lasting several years.We have already been able to measure the impact of this educational project which has professional and general benefits to the students. Upon their return they are more strongly driven and more reliable. The students become aware of the challenges facing them, which are reiterated in their ‘double apprenticeship’ – that of their professional and linguistic development. Equally, they can give a more European dimension to their future trade and realise the possibilities of working on an international scale. This project equally enhances the image of our establishment. The project’s European dimension gives a more positive image of our establishment and allows us to attract more serious and motivated students.The Erasmus+ grant would allow us to execute this educational project, initially and in the long term, stretching to new areas to include new partners and extend the number of students. This experience between our students and the local families and businesses will create new intergenerational, intercultural and interprofessional links between Couëron and Wexford. It gives a professional dimension to the twinning and strengthens it . It also reinforces the partnership between the school and the town of Couëron.
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