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VET Experience for Bath Students
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We have been part of a consortium of Colleges involved in KA1 mobility projects since 2014. This has proven to be a great success, and we have observed the positive benefits for the students involved. This application is our first independent mobility project, on behalf of Bath College. It gives us the opportunity to build on the learning we have acquired through participation in the consortium and to develop our international work.The main objective of this project is to provide structured European mobility opportunities to Bath College learners across a range of vocational sectors; Beauty, Business, Catering, Computing, Sport (Football) and Travel & Tourism. We will recruit 104 learners, over a 2 year period, across 6 vocational areas. They will travel in small groups to either Crete (Greece), Zagreb (Croatia), Seville (Spain) or Prague (Czech Republic) depending on their area of study and the placements available, for between 4-6 weeks. We will be working directly with a range of host organisations who will provide structured work placements for our learners across a range of disciplines. All host partners involved have previous experience of working with young people on mobility programmes and are able to provide a high quality work experience opportunity with the appropriate support mechanisms in place.We plan to target participants who have not previously had opportunities to work or study abroad. The mobility enables us to provide a structured and supportive setting for an overseas placement, so that we feel confident to offer this opportunity to those who are less self assured and lacking experience of overseas travel. All groups will be joined by an accompanying person for the first and last week of their placement.We aim to make our students highly employable and enterprising by developing the skills employers want. Our courses provide learners with a theoretical understanding of the sector. Through the addition of structured, sector specific overseas work experience, the participants can apply their learning in a work based setting and develop new skills to provide them with a stronger foundation, both personally and professionally, giving them a competitive advantage in the labour market over their peers.We will support learners to develop the interpersonal skills, confidence and self assurance that are invaluable to any career. The mobility encourages learners to step out of their comfort zone, working in a different culture and equip them with the professional confidence to interact positively in a new environment. We will ensure adequate pre-departure training and engagement is offered to learners to fully prepare them for the experience. The mobility placement will be explicitly linked to their course of study and has been designed so that placement activities correspond to the mandatory units of their course of study, which means that learners can gain transferable course credits whilst on placement. For each vocational area, the college tutor will have identified a specific unit(s) of their course of study, which will be achieved during their mobility.The Learning Outcomes to be achieved will differ between participants and will relate to both the specific qualification that they are working towards in the UK, as well as the daily activities provided by the Host Organisations within each of the available roles. The objectives will be documented in an individual Learning Agreement for each learner. The work-based learning achieved by each participant and will contribute to several of the units of their UK based qualification. We will use ECVET as a framework to validate their learning. We anticipate that this project will have a positive impact on our learners, on Bath College and on our host partners.For learners, we expect them to gain practical work experience, in a European context, which will be directly transferable to and enhance their course of study. Participants will benefit both personally and professionally, and have the opportunity to develop technical skills as well as personal and language competences. In the long term, we hope the experience will broaden their horizons and raise aspirations and ambitions and impact positively on their job readiness and future employability.For Bath College, are will be able to enhance our course of study, improve our reputation as a course provider and increase our attractiveness to prospective students. It is an opportunity for professional development amongst our staff and to increase our international networks. For host organisations, the mobility will strengthen their capacity to operate with international partners, and the quality of their preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting skills for EU projects. They will gain a better understanding of working with more disadvantaged groups and devising positive approaches to support for these learners.
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