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Work Experience in Greater London 2016
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With the project "Work Experience in Greater London 2016" the Ludwig -Erhard -Schule (LES), State Vocational School II Fuerth, continue their three years of successful cooperation with the ADC College in Harrow (North West London). 20 commercial trainees will participate in the project and complete a one-week language course at ADC College followed by a two-week work placement.Traditionally vocational schools work very closely with German companies providing a traineeship for vocational students. Especially companies in the Metropolitan region of Nuremberg attach great importance to education under international considerations, because in today’s globalised world they are used to increasingly establishing and maintaining business relationships outside their home markets. Since there are often Anglo-Saxon rules by which they communicate on an international level, we consider it as compulsory to provide our trainees with a training program in the UK in order to prepare them for the demands of the international economic environment. Unfortunately, it is no longer a matter of course to obtain a work contract with the respective training company after completing traineeship. Consequently, trainees must more than ever be willing to respond flexibly to changing and international labour market structures. Through this project, students can enrich their CVs appropriately to be prepared for the European labour market.All trainees of the LES in dual vocational training of the following sectors can apply for participation: office administration, retail, wholesale and foreign trade, real estate, industry, IT, personnel services, administrative professions. The LES selects 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 create their individual CVs and motivation letters. On this basis, the ADC College can 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). Accordingly, we expect similar good placements of future participants.The implementation of the three -week project in Harrow / Greater London is planned for March 2017.For this purpose, participants will be 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 can 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 is given throughout the entire project by e- mail, by phone or in person, on the spot and very successfully. If problems occur, (e.g. homestay exchange) they are immediately discussed and resolved to the full satisfaction of the participants.The evaluation by the participants takes 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 evaluate the online course and way of communicating on the “Moodle” platform and the whole project (preparation and implementation) during a follow-up meeting after returning home and on occasion of meetings of their German training companies at the LES.They also write 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 or experienced teachers of LES visit 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, state-wide Monthly Bulletin of VLB (Association of Teachers in vocational schools of Bavaria ), 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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