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Wolvcoll Abroad 2016-2018
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The City of Wolverhampton College aim to send 60 learners on work placement opportunities to Spain, Portugal and Italy in our programme entitled WolvColl Abroad 2016-2018. Learners will be selected from full time Level 3 or above courses in Hospitality and Catering, Hair and Beauty, Engineering, Travel and Tourism, UPS, Business Studies and Creative Arts. Each placement will last 18 days and include 4 members of accompanying staff, working on a 2 staff per week basis.City of Wolverhampton College work with students from some of the most deprived areas of the city, often feeling disheartened or lacking the motivation to look for employment due to their lack of experience. It is these learners who lack the financial means to enable them to travel around the UK or abroad, meaning they are unable to experience new cultures and customs. This ultimately leads to low self esteem and low feelings of self-worth. It is due to this that the college wish to expand and develop the provision for work placements for learners through this mobility programme, ensuring that learners enhance their employability prospects and skills.The WolvColl Abroad programme will offer students the opportunity to work in a professional environment and increase their knowledge of their chosen area of interest. It will also raise student aspirations and broaden horizons, helping to develop personal attributes and professionalism amongst participants. This in turn will improve their attractiveness to employers and future employment prospects, in what is a difficult and challenging job market.Students will view their European work placement as a valuable and integral part of their course of study and appreciate the 'added value' benefit of the programme. They will feel a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for their course which will inspire and encourage other students to take part in future projects. They will also improve socio-culturally and be able to appreciate the difference in cultures as well as gaining a sense of achievement knowing they have broadened their horizons, improved their skills and competencies and that they have overcome challenges they have faced.City of Wolverhampton College greatly appreciate the opportunities that a transnational mobility programme can give participants and staff involved. Long term benefits of the project include providing an outstanding enrichment to our curriculum, giving students the opportunity to visit and obtain work experience in another country. All groups will gain an in-depth understanding of other cultures, customs, lifestyles, social practices and work practices, expanding horizons and impacting learning.
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