Work.Experience.Development- for You and Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The "Rudolf Steiner Schulverein im Raum Baden" is coordinating the project WORK.EXPERIENCE.DEVELOPMENT-FOR YOU AND EUROPE, which offers work placements for approximately 100 pupils aged 15 to 19 of the Waldorf Schools Schönau, Linz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Innbruck and Salzburg. Vocational orientation is an integral part of the Waldorf School curriculum in Austria, therefore the aim is to offer high quality work placements in Europe as a part of quality development in this field of the upper grades of the Waldorf Schools.
The participants do a 2 to 8 weeks work placement (agricultural training, industrial placement, social placement). Additional it will be possible for a few weaker pupils after finishing the Waldorf School to do a long term placement to achieve more competences for a better start in their future career. Waldorf Schools are comprehensive schools with a wide range of knowledge from upper secondary school level to pupils with special needs. The receiving partners (SME, NGO, Charity organisations) are situated in 11 countries (Germany, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland. Iceland, Malta) and choosen with focus on sustainability. The partnerships are evaluated through the project reports of former Leonardo da Vinci projects and by personal contacts. New partners could join the project due to the students interests. We paid attention to geographical and language variety to offer a wide choice. In the field of project management the coordinators at the sending schools are working close together.
In the schools they support the pupils prior, during and after the mobility. They arrange Learning Agreements with the receiving partner and the student and are responsible for the validation of the learning results. At the regular project meetings problems are discussed, and any organisational questions are clarified. The evaluation meetings with the students are also organised then.
We expect good progress in the field of language skills, intercultural awareness, learning, initiative and especially personal development like increasing independence and self reliance and creativity. In the long term it enables the student to be an active part of society with a positiv effect on employability and life long learning.
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