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Wyższe kwalifikacje zawodowe szansą na lepsze jutro
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school provides holistic activities supporting the development and quality of work. It has implemented European tools to support vocational training: the collection and transfer of results ECVET and Europass Mobility certificate. The school has also teamed up with employers, e.g. GTLLOT hotels and airport services at the International Airport in Katowice. Among the students of our school the awareness of the importance of competitiveness and the knowledge and practical skills is increasing in the context of the needs of future employers and plays an active role in a changing labor market. The increasing dynamics of economic change, rising unemployment, especially in the region inhabited by our students, makes calculating the advantages which is the flexibility, gaining new experiences and educational and vocational mobility. In this context, foreign work placement for our students is a great opportunity for professional development and an indication of interesting opportunities on the European labor market. The main objective of the project is increasing the chances of our students to find jobs in the service sectors by encouraging mobility and equipment in a wide range of knowledge, skills and competencies needed to adapt to the permanently changing labor market. The project is planned for two 4-week stays in Northern Ireland, the first in the period from 28.09.2015 to 24.10.2015 and the second in the same time (September-October) 2016. The participants of the work placement will be chosen among the students form 3 sectors, the first group will include hotels, hospitality and catering sector, another group will be the exploitation of ports and terminals sector and the other – electric sector. The host institution is North West Academy in Derry, which agreed on the training program, English course and socio-cultural program. The students in the field of hotels and hospitality will take their jobs in three or four stars hotels such as: Beachhill hotel, Everglades hotel, Tower hotel, City hotel. The students in the field of ports and terminals will be working in the warehouses of: Foyle Fruit, Dunnes Stores, Next Clothes & Home Store. Electricians will take their work placement in electric stores and shops such as: Betteronix, Halfords, Currys/PC World, and Global Equipment Spares. The placement will be conducted in accordance with European standards and will enhance professional competence as well as personal social and cross-cultural competences. Another advantage is the opportunity to improve the language skills at the English language course organized by our partner NWA. Our school together with the host institution also developed tools to implement the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training and Partnership Agreement. The transition to a system based on learning outcomes and competencies will let gain additional qualifications extracted under the agreement and the learner. The confirmation of qualifications in the project will be: Europass Mobility documents, letters of reference from British employers, certificates confirming their language skills issued by the North West Academy and the certificate issued by our school confirming a separate classification in the implementation of ECVET. The result of participation in the project will increase the skills, the development of creativity, competitiveness and entrepreneurship to increase cultural awareness. Beneficiaries will expand language skills in the field of communication, interpersonal relationships and professional terminology. Established contacts in Northern Ireland in the future may result in professional cooperation, both on the local and European level. The project supports the personal development of the participants and the implementation of international strategy in ensuring the quality of vocational training. International mobility teaches the openness to constantly upgrading skills and acquisition of new competencies.
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