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Získávání potřebných kompetencí v hotelových službách a na taneční scéně v zahraničí
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 30 Sep 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Acquiring Competences in Hotel Services and on the Dance Scene in Foreign Countries" (International Hotel Services and Dancing) is a natural response to globalisation and the developments in the European labour market and to the needs of the students for their smooth incorporation into the labour market. The project draws on previous projects successfully completed as part of the Leonardo da Vinci programme and on the ongoing 2014 call of Erasmus+, which aroused a lot of interest among students; the number of applicants exceeded the amount of allocated support (that is also why the school organised additional residential trainings using its own funds). The main objective is to improve students’ skills and teach them new competences that should help them successfully enter the labour market, at least in Europe. Students can directly learn about new methods, procedures and needs in a new work environment where they are forced to use foreign languages in order to communicate with their colleagues and hotel guests. Equally important is the development of the participants’ personal and soft skills and overall improvement of their chances in the labour market. We expect that the project should be of benefit for the school and its students as well as for the international partners, mainly in terms of its multicultural aspects. We believe that mutual learning about foreign cultures (particularly Islamic and European) is particularly important nowadays and can help overcome prejudice. The project should help its participants to become independent, meaning that they should assume full responsibility for their decisions and actions relevant to their work and leisure time activities. We believe that a traineeship lasting 6 to 8 weeks is sufficient to show the consequences of their behaviour within the community of classmates and colleagues. This should prepare them for their future labour and personal relationships.A total of 16 participants should be sent to the partner institutions within a period of 16 months (12 to partner organisations in Turkey and 4 to the Sľuk folk art company in Slovakia).A typical participant is a secondary school student (usually in the 2nd to 4th year of study or in the 6th to 8th year in the case of dance school students). The participants will have already acquired basic theoretical and practical skills and should continue developing their working, language and interpersonal competences. The methodology of the project is based on systematic tutoring, monitoring and regular evaluation of the participants. This will generate a clearly defined set of their needs, advancements and assessments (units of learning outcomes) that will subsequently be used to develop teaching methods and study plans and to improve practical and language training at school, where necessary. All participating parties are interconnected through interim and final evaluations that will be subject to further analysis and assessment.Project activities involve the selection of students (personal interview), their training prior to the traineeship, including intensive language training (with an emphasis on professional communication), cultural and social training (particularly important for participants sent to Turkey) and professional and practical training. The core activity is the traineeship which can be divided into three parts (learning, working and evaluation). The project activities also include monitoring as well as interim and final evaluations with dissemination of the results and implementation of the acquired knowledge.The expected outcome of the project should mainly be improvement of professional and language skills. The development of soft professional, core and language skills is the main focus of the project. We expect fast growth in the participants in all these areas. The selected partner organisations guarantee that the participants will be able to choose from a wide range of employment options and arrange their preferences in a situation when they are deciding about their professional future.The offer of international internship improves the applicant organisation’s reputation and brings about new impulses for its development and improvements. Another benefit for the school will be the implementation of the ECVET system with all the advantages it provides.The long-term benefits consist in expanded training options, increased number of students of the specialisations offered by our institution (the possibility of a free-of-charge internship in a foreign country is not standardly offered by Czech schools). A long-term benefit is the implementation of the ECVET system and units of learning outcomes to be compared with the EQF, all of which will be used by the school. The project also involves a motivational aspect, as the students interested in participating go through a selection process, which includes an evaluation of their study results, knowledge and approach to learning.
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