KBS in Dublin 2015
Date du début: 1 juin 2015,
Date de fin: 31 mai 2016
The project (project name “KID 2015“) offered 20 trainees the opportunity to do a three-week work placement in an Irish company. All of them are either training to be an industrial business management assistant, or a management assistant in wholesale and foreign trade.
The project has been run by ‘Berufliches Schulzentrum Wangen’ (BSW), a vocational school that has been the initiator of the project and that was responsible for the preparation as well as for the follow-up of the time abroad. These processes included the selection of the applicants, language and cultural preparation of the participants, organization of travel and the evaluation of the project. In doing so the BSW cooperated with its partner ‘Irish Education Partners’ (IEP), located in Dublin and with local companies providing the training in Germany.
Due to globalization and the companies’ growing internationalization our trainees are facing more diverse challenges and are thus required to communicate in foreign languages and to develop intercultural competences. Therefore, our project “KID 2015” was to achieve the following aims:
The project was designed to enable the trainees to apply and broaden their acquired professional knowledge and competences in an Irish company and to improve their oral and written performance in the English language. Furthermore, they were expected to expand their horizons by getting to know the Irish culture and lifestyle, as well as by developing an understanding for the country’s history.
The work placement took place from 24 October to 14 November 2015. In Dublin the trainees worked in companies of different economic sectors from Monday to Friday. Sundays were reserved for a cultural program, which includes excursions to the different districts of Dublin as well as to the West Coast and the Wicklow Mountains.
By successfully completing the internship, the participants developed an understanding for the working environment in Dublin. They enlarged their professional competences as they got to know different working routines. While they were staying with Irish host families and working in Irish companies they developed their language skills, particularly their semantic knowledge connected to daily life and vocation. Furthermore, they enhanced methodical skills which can be applied at school and at their workplace in Germany. Their personal development and their gain of independence have been of immense significance.
In the long term the German employers will profit from their trainees’ experiences overseas and hence gain internationally experienced, mobile and professional staff. Furthermore, the economic region Oberschwaben / Allgäu will benefit from the cultural awareness of the region’s highly qualified workforce.
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