Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
City of Wolverhampton College is a Further Education Institute based within the city of Wolverhampton. It offers over 600 qualifications in a range of full time and part time courses and caters for over 8,500 students with the majority on full time programmes, aged between 16-18 years old.
The college works 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 due to this that the college wish to expand and develop the provision for work placements for learners through their ‘Wolvcoll Abroad’ programme, ensuring that learners enhance their employability prospects and skills.
Wolvcoll Abroad will send 92 learners studying full time vocational courses in the creative arts or service sectors at the college to Italy, Spain or Portugal. Each placement will last 18 days and include 4 members of accompanying staff working on a 2 staff per week basis.
During this period the participants will gain experience of working in a professional environment and increased knowledge of their chosen area of interest. They will have raised self aspirations and improved academically and vocationally, making them feel more positive about what they can achieve in their future and improving 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. The project will provide 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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