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Coleg Gwent students gain invaluable European work experience

Coleg Gwent students gain invaluable European work experience

Five groups of Coleg Gwent students were chosen to attend two weeks funded work experience across Europe this past academic year.

Seven Health & Care, five Childcare, Four Business Administration and two Motor Vehicle Apprentices were chosen to attend funded work experience placements in Finland, Majorca and Germany.

Students who went to Helsinki, Finland had the opportunity to work in care homes and in the motor vehicle services. While students gaining experience in Germany got to work in nurseries. While students who were sent to Palma, Majorca had the opportunity to work in a school, a hotel and for Unicef. The students also took part in cultural visits during their two weeks. The trips were fully funded by the Leonardo Project.

All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, gaining confidence and developing skills during their time abroad.

More students will have the opportunity to head to Europe for work experience as Coleg Gwent has been awarded funding to run the new Erasmus Plus program, which is replacing the Leonardo Project.

The funding will allow Coleg Gwent to continue providing students with opportunities to gain work experience abroad. Under the  former Leonardo project, Coleg Gwent students had the opportunity to travel to Finland, Germany and Majorca to gain insight and experience in the world of work.

Coleg Gwent International Officer Sarah Howells said: “We are very happy to have been successful in our application for funding as it is an extremely competitive process. As a college we are very excited to continue providing exciting European opportunities for our students to learn and develop their skills which will lay a solid foundation to their future.”

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News article originally published 19th August 2014
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