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VET-Youngsters from Lofoten to London II
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The mobility project VET-Youngsters from Lofoten to London II (2015-2017) is a partnership between Aust-Lofoten videregående skole (upper secondary high school) and ADC College in London. The main activity of this project is a three-week long student work placement in London. Participants in the project are second year vocational students in the fields of Healthcare, Childhood and Youth Development, Tourism and Media and Communication. During traineeships, students work in companies across London relevant to their field of study, and stay with selected host families. This is a two-year project, applying for a total of 54 student mobilities and 12 accompanying persons. Our school involves international perspectives in all fields of studies. We excel in efforts such as International Week (IW), where we have been awarded best IW three times. During IW the school abandon the normal curriculum and focuses on global issues like poverty, inequality and development. Our partner ADC College has long experience in successfully developing and executing international mobility programmes in partnership with educational institutions from all across Europe. The main objectives of this project are to motivate students to complete their vocational education and training, and to raise the attractiveness of vocational studies and hence increase the number of applicants. Expected learning outcomes are improved English skills and cross-cultural competence, as well as greater international orientation. Objectives are targeted through work placement, interaction and communication with companies, host families and others. Students' personal development and skills gained will be documented in Europass documents and increase students' employability. Accompanying teachers will monitor students' learning outcomes and personal development, as well as bringing experience back to the school and boost future international efforts. These objectives are strongly linked to drop out at vocational studies and low recruitment compared to the need for skilled workers, which are challenges shared across Europe. Expected outcomes of the project include increased number of applicants for vocational studies, improved rate of accomplishment, and more well-skilled students to join the workforce for growth industries. In a broader perspective, we hope to contribute to a common European solution through exchange of experience gained in international mobility projects.
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