The Isle of Wight College is registered with the ECAC and has several years experience of mobility programmes.
We are keen to combine our expertise as an outstanding college with our experience in arranging international programmes in order to offer ourselves as a partner in the new lifelong learning programme.
KEY ACTION 1
We can provide work placements for students and staff.
Click here to read feedback from a teacher from Maison Familiale Rurale (MFR) de Sainte Florine who recently completed an Erasmus+ training programme in Health and Social Care and Childcare at the College. 2 Health and Social Care lecturers also travelled to the school in France to complete a training programme and hope to create a regular exchange.
The Isle of Wight College received Erasmus+ funding for our EDU-VET project ‘Developing Staff and Students in Health and Social Care‘. As a result 3 Childcare lecturers travelled to Norway to learn about Forest Schools and 2 Health and Social Care lecturers travelled to France to learn about the Maison Familiale Rurale education system.
The Isle of Wight College has a new 2 stage mobility project called Stepping Stones.
Stage 1: aims to provide teachers in Tourism, Construction, Hospitality and Sport and those who work with moderate to severe learning barriers training in Guadeloupe, Norway, Finland and Germany.
11 lecturers participated in this stage of our project between October and December 2016. They were inspired by their experience and learnt a lot about other educational systems, especially those providing for disadvantaged students.
From these visits we have developed firm partnerships with the hosting organisations resulting in reciprocal visits scheduled as follows:
March and May 2017 Teachers and students from Kiipula College in Finland will visit to complete work placements and work shadowing.
April 2017 Teachers from Gausdal videregåendeskole (Pierre de Coubertin) in Norway will visit to discuss future exchanges between students studying sport.
Spring 2018 Students from Lycéé Professionnel Arron Agustin in Guadeloupe hope to do work placements here inspired by meeting our teachers.
We are also investigating a project with Euro-BBW in Germany to enable our students to work together on a joint theme.
Stage 2: aims to provide students in Childcare with a work experience in Norway at Birkebeineren Friluftsbarnehage.
This project, which we have just completed, was a natural progression from our Stepping Stones project last year.
In October 2017, two members of our Apprenticeships team and two Maths teachers visited Savonlinna College in Finland. They went to learn about how apprenticeships are managed there and also how Maths is taught to vocational students. The college has been sending work placement students to the Isle of Wight college via KA1 programmes for several years now so it was interesting to get more background on how the students are taught and what work experience they might receive in Finland before they arrive.
In March 30 students from our Business, Travel and Tourism and Hospitality programmes went on a two week work placement in Barcelona. Business students worked in companies such as Naf Naf and Forcadell, Hospitality students worked in canteens and restaurants and the Tourism students acted as tour guides for Turkish students visiting the host college, STUCOM and developed promotional materials about Barcelona and the Isle of Wight. One Business student was offered a job.
While I was at Forcadell I helped the company to translate some of their website from Spanish to English. I helped to compose emails for them to use for their English clients and went on tours of the office buildings that were being shown to the clients.
I have learnt to what it is like to work in a big office where team work is required. I have improved my letter writing skills and my communication skills. My Spanish also improved while I was with the company.
My confidence has improved as I now know that I can cope in strange environments and that I can adapt to this.
Everyone in the office was friendly welcoming when I first got there and if I needed anything they were very helpful.
The most important experiences were getting to work in a great office which was friendly where I got to learn more about their culture and nationality.
(I) Worked in a Spanish restaurant; learning new dishes and recipes, and watching how other businesses are operated. The way that the food service was run was a new experience and it was good to learn and interact with people abroad. Experiences I will take away from this include getting involved in new working experiences; finding my way round unfamiliar places and getting used to talking to and working with foreign people. The staff that I had in my place of work abroad were helpful and gave me the correct advice and in what I needed to do. Most important experiences included working in a foreign country, in a new environment, and learning to adapt to new cultures and interacting with other people.
I visited a few classes at the college where I was told to stand in front of the class and provide the students with some information about the Isle of Wight. At first I was nervous having to stand in front of people I didn’t know and having to talk on the spot. However, over time my confidence grew and I no longer felt nervous. After providing the class with information, I would speak to the students individually to collect information based on what they would like to do if they visited the Isle of Wight as a holiday. I enjoyed doing this as it gave me the chance to speak to new people, and I told them that I was teaching myself Spanish so they helped teach me some useful phrases when staying in Barcelona.
Throughout the second week it was nice to see that the students started to mix with each other, growing in confidence and make new friends. When out for lunch/dinner, some students would say a few phrases/words in Spanish to the staff, which again was good for their confidence and mixing with cultures.
Some students had never been overseas before or even on an aeroplane, therefore, their whole attitude towards travelling has got them wanting to explore more.
The students that struggle with maths managed to budget their money and convert using the exchange rate which was also good to see. Since returning to the Isle of Wight the students often talk to each other about their experience and meet some of the other students from different subjects. They have been able to talk about different accommodation types as most of them had never stayed in a hostel – which again was a whole new experience for them, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
One of the students who had never been overseas before, would now like to become Cabin Crew and explore the world; prior to this she was reluctant on leaving the island. The trip made me very proud of all the students and to see all of them in their work placements carrying out tasks was excellent. One of the Business students worked in an Estate Agents, which she thoroughly enjoyed and was offered a job out there. At the moment she hasn’t taken them up on the offer, but she is off travelling.
An amazing experience which they will look back at for years!
KEY ACTION 2
We are keen to share good practice in the field of VET and HE.
SHARE Project (Sport, Health, Addiction and Relaxation in Education)
The Isle of Wight College has been working with partners in Norway, Poland, Lithuania, Greece and Germany on this project which aims to reduce early school leaving by encouraging students to lead healthier lives and focus better on their education.
Our Hair and Beauty, Sport and Hospitality and Catering students were involved in 5 different training sessions.
- The first was held in Cologne, Germany and focused on relaxation techniques. There our Beauty students were able to teach the other students how to do a hand massage and all students learnt yoga relaxation techniques. They also visited the Olympic Museum in Cologne.
- The second was held in Arfara, Greece where students learnt about the Olympic movement through visits to Olympia and Ancient Messene, and Mediterranean diet. The partner students interviewed the Greek students about their diet and sampled Mediterranean food in local restaurants. Our Hospitality student was able to go into the kitchen and watch the food being prepared.
- The third was held in Siauliai, Lithuania. There our Hospitality students learnt about nutrition and participated in a multi-national cookfest competition to see who could cook the tastiest, healthiest recipes. They visited a Basketball Museum (Lithuania’s national sport) and a local farm.
- The fourth was held in Norway. Students from our Portsmouth Football programme participated in winter sports such as dog-sledding and learnt what it was like to be a paralympian. Each country researched addiction in their own country and presented the key factors to their peers from the partner organisations. The school in Norway is a Pierre de Coubertin school and were able to access a talk by Norwegian anti-doping experts.
- The final session was held at the Isle of Wight College. Students and teachers from the partner schools were trained by our students and teachers to become Student Ambassadors for their schools. This culminated in an event which they organised for St George’s school. The newly trained ambassadors then ran events in their own countries. Students visited Osborne House and also had an international tea party with the college Insights students.
As part of the project students created a healthy living survey, the results of which can be found here.
You can also find newsletters about the project on our facebook page and project website at Erasmus-share.net (you probably can’t link to this because it is coming up as blocked at the moment and I am trying to find out why.
The final outcome of the project is an ebook about healthy lifestyle for teachers to use to motivate their students (I will get you the link for this shortly.
One of our students, HL, who participated in all but one of the training sessions has written a case study about her experience.
KEY ACTION 3
Meetings between young people
We have a strong student voice and are keen for our students to meet their European peers
The Isle of Wight college is proud to be involved in the Erasmus+ project “We Tomorrow”, for further information please visit our Facebook page.
Paul McKillop, Curriculum Leader for IT and Pat Suttmann, International Manager travelled to Barcelona in early October to attend the kick-off meeting for the project.
They met the other partners:
- SOSU Nord, Social- og Sundhedsskolen i Nordjylland, a college of further and higher education specialising in Health and Social Care in Denmark
- Danmar Computers LLC, a private company providing IT training in Poland
- GO-ercn (Shadow Designers – European Responsible Communication Network) is a network of companies providing training in graphic design in France
- ROC Da Vinci College – a college of further and higher education in the Netherlands
- STUCOM SA – a college of further and higher education in Spain.
The project’s key aims are to link young people with the elderly to create virtual reality materials to aid memory loss and to compile a compendium of best practice in this field.
The next meeting will be in February at SOSU Nord.
We offer vocational programmes in sport and would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other sports providers.
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