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Workforce Europe II
Start date: 08 Aug 2016, End date: 07 Aug 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Berufsbildende Schulen Peine (Peine Vocational School, BBS Peine) cover the vocational fields of business studies and administration, technology and mechanics, construction and wood working, social nursing and home economics. Moreover, the school offers high schools in the fields of technology, business studies as well as health and social studies. The school is organized in five divisions, and each division is specialized in one of the vocational fields. The schools' long-term objective is to involve students of each division in international projects on a regular and continual basis.The planned project "Workforce Europe II" encompasses the sub-projects "Maintaining Europe II", "Managing Europe III" , "Bringing up Europe II", "Care for Europe" and "Fabricating Europe". Target group of the sub-project "Maintaining Europe II" are trainees in mechanics; target group of the sub-project "Managing Europe III" are trainees in administration, who also attend additional qualification classes in the field of international business relations; target group of the sub-project "Bringing up Europe II" are trainees in the field of pre-school education; target group of the sub-project "Care for Europe" are trainees in the field of care for the elderly; target group of the sub-project "Fabricating Europe" are trainees in the field of carpentry. Each of the sub-projects will be conducted by a different school division. The intention of the planned project is to offer students in different vocational fields the opportunity of a stay abroad including an internship in suitable companies. In cooperation with our partner schools in Estonia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, each sub-project will be organized in two phases: During the first phase, BBS Peine will welcome a group of students from the partner schools abroad and arrange internships in Peine companies; during the second phase, BBS Peine will send students abroad, and in return the partner schools will arrange internships in companies for the German students.The project aim is to qualify trainees for the German as well as the European job market by enhancing professional skills, language skills and international competences.Professional skill will be enhanced by training-related internships and attending specific classes at the partner schools. All gained skills and competences will be certified by the Europass mobility which will contribute to the students' CV and thus widen employment chances.Language skills will be improved by aktively using the foreign language in authentic situations outside language classes. Students will overcome their timidity to use their language skills and practice communication in a foreign language. Moreover, they will be motivated to learn further foreign language apart from English.Apart from professional skills, the internships allows insights into all-day situations and working life of a foreign culture. Students get to know typical values, behaviour as well as perception and cognition patterns. They will experience more than the obvious cultural characteristics a common tourist would perceive.Special professional as well as intercultural skill are of particular importance in private and working life since Europe has become a multilingual and multicultural society. The project intends to systematically enhance these significant competences.
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