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Information for vocational schools

Cooperation with vocational schools in the district government of Duesseldorf

The Office for European Union Projects and Vocational Qualification of the District Government Düsseldorf is highly interested in developing the quality of international partnerships and mobilities at vocational schools. One of their aims is to manage a transition system in vocational schools which supports customized internships for the participants for their stay abroad. In order to facilitate the process of choosing appropriate participants, various instruments need to be supplied. Simultaneously, an aimed, professional and participant-oriented allocation of internships shall be enabled with respect to the target countries, the receiving companies as well as the learning tasks.

In the context of regional and European networking the GEB offers supporting structures for EU-coordinators. This can be accomplished via counselling interviews, which take place three to four times a year, or through other instruments which can be implemented at vocational schools. International co-operations and mobilities should become a firm element of a vocational school’s organisation.

In addition, a return of competencies into the class, which leads to a beneficial and sustainable internship is pursued. In this context, a lot of questions appear in order to find answers and agreements. However, many of these questions will be dealt with in workshops hold by the GEB together with teachers of vocational schools.

Content-based questions:

  • Which requirements does a student need to fulfil in order to receive a scholarship?
  • Which criteria are valid for the conception of a learning task for participants of a mobility?
  • Under which circumstances is a preparatory visit of teachers going to be approved in advance?

Didactic-based questions:

  • How can I support the student with filling in the Europass-CV?
  • How can I help a student to assess his competencies in a foreign language realistically?
  • How can I assist a student in writing an application for a potential receiving company in the target country? Should I make only corrections or also help with writing a sample letter?
  • How do I make an arrangement with the student concerning the learning agreement? Should the sending company be involved?

Organisational-based questions:

  • Which deadlines have to be met?
  • How can preparatory seminars be organized effectively for the students?
  • How do I inform participants about the use of mobility documents, signatures or the submission of a participant’s online-report?
  • Possibilities of accompanying mobility measures by teachers
  • What resources are available at vocational schools regarding teachers for international work?
  • Is a counsel lesson treated like a regular lesson?
  • Is it possible to involve disadvantaged/disabled participants in vocational internships? Is it especially desirable?
  • Can the project “school without racism” ('courage') be incorporated into the context of internships abroad?
  • Can or should any handout (assistance) be developed on these issues for the vocational schools?

We are happy to provide vocational schools of the district government of Duesseldorf with information, for example

  • through a collective elaboration in a workshop
  • by e-mail
  • by telephone
  • through a consultation at your vocational school or in the office for EU projects and vocational qualification of the district government of Dusseldorf (GEB)

In this context, mobility-related materials are available - from preparation to implementation to the follow-up of an internship abroad. Partially, they are suitable to provide a logo of the vocational school at marked spots.