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Work Experience in Greater London 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With the project "Work Experience in Greater London 2015" the Ludwig -Erhard -Schule (LES), State Vocational School II Fuerth, continued their five years of successful cooperation with the ADC College in Harrow (North West London). 20 commercial trainees participated in the project and completed a one-week language course at ADC College followed by a two-week work placement. All trainees of the LES in dual vocational training of the following sectors could apply for participation: office administration, retail, wholesale and foreign trade, real estate, industry, IT, personnel services, administrative professions. The LES selected the applications received according to the following criteria: age of majority , language skills B1 of the CEFR, motivation throughout the project duration (possibly in consultation with form masters), willingness to adapt to different circumstances. At an early stage of preparation the participants created their individual CVs and motivation letters. On this basis, the ADC College was able to choose work placements according to the participants' individual sectors and skills (e.g. real estate trainees were placed at English real estate agencies and personnel services merchants in the personnel departments of large hotels). The three -week project in Harrow / Greater London was implemented from 03.-23.04 2016. For this purpose, participants were prepared by the project leaders of the Ludwig -Erhard -Schule in five three-hour evening seminars and additionally by means of an online communication platform outside of the regular vocational school time and accompanied to Harrow. In case of questions, the participants could get in touch – either by digital means or personally - with their project leaders at any stage of the project. The collaboration between the project management of the LES and the responsible coordinator at ADC College was given throughout the entire project by e- mail, by phone or in person, on the spot and very successfully. If problems occured, (e.g. work placement exchange) they were immediately discussed and resolved to the full satisfaction of the participants. The evaluation by the participants took place both at the ADC College on the last day of their stay abroad in terms of quality of housing in the host families and the quality of their work placements. In addition, participants evaluated the online course and way of communicating on the Mebis-platform and the whole project (preparation and implementation) during a follow-up meeting after returning home. They also wrote short reports for the homepage of the LES and the annual report, so that both interested companies and schools as well as future interested parties can inform themselves. The project managers of LES visited participants in their London placement companies in order to convince themselves of the quality (monitoring). Distribution is done in numerous media: annual report, homepage of the LES, articles in the local press, in-house magazines, instructor meetings, notices in the showcase, EU - room of the LES, Power-Point presentation on the digital board, information in personal interviews with interested future project promoters (also outside Bavaria ), who became aware of the project through the above-mentioned dissemination media.
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