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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project WIP will involve 120 students attending the 4th and 5th (final) year of 4 vocational schools based in Sicily and 3 based in Veneto region. Fields of study involved relate to the production of goods and services carried out primarily by micro-enterprises and private-social organizations. The fields of study involved will be the craft sector with the textile-tailoring productions and Maintenance and support services (mechanical, electrical, electro mechanical services), business and administration services, health and welfare services, Hotel, restaurant and catering – Cookery/ Confectionary / Food and Drinks Service Hospitality. The traineeship is integrated in the school educational curriculum and it is recognized as a compulsory training within the dual school-work scheme. The training abroad lasts five weeks, the first week is dedicated to preparation and settling in and the other four are full time on the job training. The professional figures involved represent the qualified operating nucleus of the industrial PME and of the value added services and their education is a strategic element for the production system in Italy as well as in Europe. In this phase of serious crisis the skills the students have when they qualify are not up to the expectations, in particular for what concerns process innovation and opening towards internationalization. The main goals of the project take up and deepen, from a European point of view, the aims of the dual school-work scheme and in particular: - developing new ways of learning, flexible and equivalent from the cultural and educational point of view, which link school attendance to practical experience; - enriching school education and training courses with new skills that can be spent in the job market; - encouraging the vocational guidance of the young to promote personal vocations, individual interests, learning styles and entrepreneurship; - accomplishing an organic connection between schools, labor world and society. The project is aimed to enhance the knowledge and technical competences that are a spur also for new work organization models. It is hoped also that the students who take part in the project will develop the key transversal competences required in and for whatever sector, for example, language competences, work competences, and IT competences but also those cultural and intercultural skills and competences that are learnt through living and working in another culture. The mobility will take place in summer 2016 and in summer 2017; it will be in France, Spain, Great Britain, Czech Republic, for five weeks. The students will carry out traineeship in firms where they have the chance to observe goals and organization of the company, new ways of working network, co-working and to and work in team. Among the host companies there are some working in the high technology services sector, social services, offices. Some of them have already been involved in previous projects of some of the schools and they have been selected according to the location and to the different economical features of the districts. The host organizations are training agencies and companies which offer the participants good chances to hold a professional position during their stay. They agreed to commit themselves to make the validation of the learning process possible according to ECVET procedures. The learning outomes wil be validated and recognized by issuing of the Europass Mobility document and the Certificate of competencies.
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