Title EU-Competence in language and profession for glasstechnicians
Project Number D/2004/PL/43035001GH
Project Type Mobility - initial vocational training IVT
Individual Participation Not possible
Marketing Text Target group of the project EUROGLASS are students of the vocational college for glass ceramics and design of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in R...
Summary Target group of the project EUROGLASS are students of the vocational college for glass ceramics and design of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Rheinbach near Bonn: They are trained in the department of glasstechnology in four different professions: glass and porcelaine painter, glazier, glasscutter and glassengraver. They finish their apprenticeship with a final examination (Gesellenprüfung). Those future glass technicians in the same time have the opportunity to get an equivalent to an A-level, which allows them to study at a technical college after school. Therefore the students have to cope with theoretical subjects in addition to their professional topics as foreign languages, in this case English. The students themselves uttered the wish to study English in a professional foreign language situation. They are interested in a practical training in glass or painting-and-decorating enterprises in Ireland, because it has a worldwide reputation for its excellent glass products, e.g. Waterford Crystal. Especially to this well known company they want to pay a visit. Together with the Handwerkskammer at Cologne the school contacted the National Training and Employment Authority FAS in Cork, Ireland. FAS in Cork offers its experiences in qualification programmes and will give the students the opportunity to visit a language course specialised in their professional needs. Especially regarding the quickly changing and globalizing professional world it is obvious that knowledge of foreign languages gets more and more important in order to succeed in international competition. The students themselves have realized their lack of competence here: They wish to improve their language skills. To them this is best achieved in an authentic training situation in glass enterprises in an English-speaking country. As Cork is going to be the cultural capital of Europe in 2005 their intercultural competence and mobility will be enhanced. The training is scheduled for the timespan from June 26 to July 16, 2005.
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