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XPERIENCE Europa 7 - Individuelle Praktika für Auszubildende
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This concept is a mobility project for apprentices in a dual education system. Provided are 12 individual placements as a learning period abroad during their vocational education in various professions (commercial and industrial and technical ). The traineeships find this place both in business and in educational institutions abroad. In addition, 6 stays abroad for further training for VET staff are planned. The project is aimed primarily at the 31 trainees of the applicant TU Ilmenau and is part of the internationalization strategy of the university. The project is also open to trainees from other universities in Thuringia and also from other vocational schools and institutions in Thuringia. The proven cooperation with core partners from Slovenia and Norway will continue. To extend the range of target countries, new partners were recovered from Ireland and Denmark, which has good experience in the coordination of mobility projects LEONARDO Office Thuringia has got the mandate for the coordination of the project and brings in experience of more than 20 years in coordinating mobility projects in several generations of European educational programs and also a large network of local and European partners. This provides reliable routines and processes in project management available and even critical situations can be managed adequately. The traineeships abroad allow participants to gather in addition to the practical application of already acquired skills also transnational professional experience to get to know a different working and living culture and to develop their language skills . For this purpose, a learning agreement will be completed before the beginning of each stay abroad. For each participant and all partners involved are contractually fixed the tasks of the participant and the support provided by the host organisation. The participants will be prepared educationally and linguistically and cross-culturally for the stay abroad by appropriate measures. They get comprehensive support for organisational preparation of stays abroad (travel, insurance , accommodation ) . The implementation of the work program is also monitored during the stay abroad through monitoring measures . Monitoring visits of trainers are also provided. To proof the knowledge , skills and abilities aquired during the stay abroad each participant receives a Euro Pass Mobility. All involved partners will evaluate the traineeships abroad regarding vocational educational-related aspects and draw conclusions for the organisation of future traineeships abroad . For this purpose the coordinator promotes the dialogue between all stakeholders and initiates mandatory responsibilities. As a result of the project a motivation for the implementation of a stay abroad in the context of initial vocational training at the Technische Universität Ilmenau and the vocational training institutions involved in Thuringia is expected. The awareness of the need to gain international experience will be further developed. As a long term aspect, especially at the TU Ilmenau , the number of apprentices realising a traineeship abroad, should be growing in order to increase the proportion of staff with intercultural skills in administration and the laboratories and workshops of the faculties and scientific institutes at the university. Also planned is a stronger extension of this model to other universities in Thuringia as a result of a decision of the working team LEONARDO Thüringen. The LEONARDO - Office of Thuringia as the coordinator of this project is also the head office of the consortium of universities in Thuringia and uses here targeted synergies for the project work and dissemination of project results .
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