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World of Work - A European Experience
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The World of Work - A European Experience Project is a mobility programme for internships between the vocational school Königstrasse in Gelsenkirchen and six European partners which will work as host institutions to our students arranging work placements for them.Within the next two years 40 trainees from our institution will be selected to do placements in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal and Austria. Working abroad will help them boost their resumee, gain skills and real-world experience in a particular field, and they will engage in meaningful cultural exchanges.The trainees will do placements in three distinctive fields:1. Social Health and Care (Portugal and the Netherlands)2. Catering and Tourism (Portugal, Austria, and England)3. Business Administration (England)With the WoW project our school aims to facilitate the personal and social development of participants to realise their potential and in particular to equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for their appropriate integration in society. In addition, we wish to present opportunities for young people to undertake actions corresponding to their own aspirations and to assume responsibilities within the local communities.The internships in the UK, the Netherlands, Portugal and Austria will give our students a unique perspective, showing them how things are done in different cultures and allowing them to learn from this. This “new perspective” can only be developed through an international internship and will give the students an extra edge when they start looking for work.Involving students from all fields of vocational training offered by our school underlines our ideas of equality and the same opportunities as well as developing a European dimension.Participants with fewer opportunities will also get the unique chance to broaden their horizons by working in another country. Apart from developing students` personal skills another advantage of doing internships abroad is their contribution to our school culture. Teachers enjoy helping students pursue their passions, and the deepened relationships benefit the whole school.Besides the direct benefits for participants, our WoW mobility programme aims towards a positive and lasting impact on the larger community. Participants enrich the educational experience of fellow students, both in the host country and in their own schools. The school-based mobility programmes give students and teachers the chance to interact with someone from another culture. In the same manner, participants are able to contribute to their schools' curricula upon their return, sharing what they have learned with their peers.The project will contribute to school development and has ECVET standards at its foundation.
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