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Vocational Experience
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Craven College will send 106 full-time students (predominantly aged 16-19) to partake in European Work experience relevant to the vocational area in which they study. We are working with partners with whom we have developed relations with since 2007, combing the previous Leonardo funded projects into one European partnership group. Combining these projects into one will allow us to develop relationships between the different partners, fostering relations, and sharing best practice in mobility practice and teaching and learning. Each mobility flow will last for 2 weeks, with specific training content relating to the vocational area, and work experience in the relevant sectors. The five flows are: • 16 students from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Study Programme visiting the Tri-City Region, Poland, in April-May 2015. Participants will take part in a structured programme of work placements within the Tri-City region area amongst a variety of small business start-ups; work shadowing and visits to Polish organisations within a variety of differing business sectors (including the large manufacturers and SMEs within Wladyslawowo, Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot). There are distinct similarities in the regeneration of the Tri-City area and North Yorkshire, from a predominance of primary industry to travel and tourism. The contrasting elements will also inform students understanding of regeneration in different areas. • 20 students undertaking BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in International Tourism attending the ELS S.R.L.UNIPERSONALE Training Centre in Chieti Italy during April 2015. Participants will take part in a structured programme of work shadowing, language learning and visits, including e.g. accommodation, attractions, hospitality, agri-tourism businesses. Participants will gain an understanding of the reasons for this diversification and of entrepreneurship in business, which will input directly into the Visitor Attractions and Customer Service units. • 20 students studying BTEC Level 2 Extended Diploma in Sport (Football, Rugby and Fitness Pathway) attending the ELS S.R.L.UNIPERSONALE Training Centre in Chieti Italy during April 2015. Practical vocational training and work shadowing/work experience will focus on coaching, training, sports fitness, leadership in sport, assessing risk and sports nutrition. Work experience will take place at a number of different sports related organisations such as; Pescara Rugby Club, Pescara Football Club, Chieti Athletics Club, as well as in local schools and Colleges. • 30 Aviation students visiting Air Malta's Training Centre at Malta International Airport, Luqa in May 2016. 20 students will be studying BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Aviation Operations and 10 students will be undertaking BTEC National Diploma Level 2 in Aircraft Maintenance. Participants will take part in a structured programme of work placements throughout the airport in a variety of departments. The mobility will allow students to access air-side operations which are unavailable to them in the UK due to security restrictions • 20 students from the Football Academy visiting Etelä-Kymenlaakso, Kotka IN April/May. The participants will predominantly be studying for BTEC Level 3 in Sport Coaching and Fitness. The project will focus on developing the skill set of participants through football coaching and officiating opportunities in local schools and teams, along with training with and competing against professional clubs HJK and KTP, and KooTeePee amateur club to develop competency. Coaching and team work skills will contribute to BTEC National Diploma units. The students will be accompanied by Craven College staff to support their experience (participants are aged 16-19, with the majority under 18yrs old). The Europass Mobility document will be used to validate acquired skills, along with participants receiving a range of certificates and accreditations as a result of the visit. Participants will not only receive accreditation, but valuable experience of working life in another European country. In addition they will benefit from increased language and skills competency and heightened cultural, vocational and sector awareness as an outcome of the project. The soft skills, cultural and personal development opportunities, will assist all learners, but will be very significant for Craven students from relatively isolated rural areas and those from elements of the relatively deprived urban location of our area of recruitment. Their experience of the European Work Placement and different working environments will significantly increase the competency of the learners and their potential contribution to their chosen sector within the local economy, as they progress into their careers. Through the project we aim to increase their understanding of what it means to be a European Citizen.
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