You can find out more from participants and FE Colleges about how they have benefited from their mobility experience by scrolling through the case studies below
ICT: Benjamin Golding
Benjamin Golding is studying for his IT Level 3 Diploma at Bath College and undertook a 6 week placement at a software company in Prague, in July 2017.
“My placement was at Compelson Labs. The main tasks revolved around testing early builds of the latest version of Compelson’s software before they were released for any bugs or issues, and to ensure everything in the program was working as intended.
It was great to explore Prague in my free time because no matter what time of day it was, there was always something happening within the city.
My collaborative skills have definitely improved in leaps and bounds by being placed into a team oriented environment within the company. Along with this, the experience will allow me to stand out from the crowd when applying for universities or apprenticeships in the future”.Read more...
Hair & Beauty : Zoe Hurley
In April 2017, a few months before she was due to finish her Spa Therapist Course at Bath College, Zoe Hurley travelled to Rethymno in Crete to carry out a four week Erasmus Plus work experience placement at Aquilaporto Spa.
“The placement gave me the chance to practice my skills in a new working environment.
It was a great learning experience to see how things worked in another country, as the spa set up was really different. The staff really trusted us; I hasn’t expected to be involved in giving treatments, and it has really built my confidence. I have learnt to keep calm and professional and be flexible in the way I work.
The time away gave me a chance to think about what I want to do next. I now plan to work part time in a spa and part time on my own business, and I feel confident to take this forward.”Read more...
Business: Richard Harrison Obafemi
Richard is a Business student from Barking and Dagenham College. He undertook a 4 week work placement in start up company, EMMA, in Prague.
“During my time in Prague, I was able to gain amazing and wonderful experiences while living in a beautiful and dynamic country.
Partaking in this internship helped me, to be able to work well in a team and communicate better with other people, as these were thing I was not strong at doing before. Also I had the opportunity to see how a starting up business operates while working in a different country.”
Travel & Tourism: Elise Lancastle
Elise is a Travel & Tourism student at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College. She recently undertook a 6 week placement in Seville, which she saw as an opportunity to gain confidence and experience working abroad.
“I got on really well with the staff, as they made me feel welcome, which made it easier for me.
I think this experience will help me professionally because it shows I can be reliable and am able to work abroad with different types of customers.”
Electrical installation: Khaleem Mohamed
Khaleem Mohamed is studying to be an electrician at Leicester College. He recently completed a six week work placement in Seville.
“..being on site in a different country and learning about how they handle electrical work and how the work is carried out has given me confidence that electrical work is what I want to do in future.
This trip has helped me professionally and socially as I have gained confidence and expanded my skills such as- communication skills, punctuality, confidence in face to face communication and listening skills.”Read more...
Football coaching : Joel Oliver
In May 2015, 14 football students from Barking & Dagenham College undertook a 2 week training academy experience in Seville. They had the opportunity to learn about Spanish coaching techniques, tactics and training methods and played several matches against local teams.
Joel Oliver, one of the group participants has shared his thoughts about the experience and how he has benefitted.
“(as senior members of the team), Albert and I were left in charge, which really helped us to develop our leadership skills. The experience of being in Spain has given me more confidence. I now think that going to work abroad in the future is definitely an achievable goal”
Football coaching : Jimmy Martin
Jimmy Martin, their coach in the UK, joined the group for the first 5 days of their placement in Spain.
“The character of the students really shone through, they led the group and took responsibility for decisions in moments of uncertainty. Socially, the group developed with certain individuals really standing up and taking responsibility for their peers. It really took others out of their comfort zones and perhaps has now installed a confidence to travel and explore the world. Every single student loved the experience, some had never travelled via plane before so were simply thankful for the opportunity to do so.”
Travel and Tourism : Kate Hobbs
Kate Hobbs, Travel & Tourism course tutor, joined the group for the first week of their placements, as an accompanying person. She has seen her students grow in confidence and go on to gain industry employment as a result of their placement.
“..(the project) been hugely beneficial for their confidence and has opened their mind to possibilities they hadn’t thought existed. The benefits of the project have been significant for all the learners involved. Many have gone on to gain industry employment and have cited the development of their confidence as a key factor in securing their job.”
Catering: Ioseff Sambrook
Ioseff is a hospitality and catering student at Bath College. He undertook a work placement at a restaurant called Guevara and Lynch, in Seville.
‘I worked with a team of chefs in the kitchen, and helped with food preparation and cooking. I got to learn how to make loads of new dishes and as well as developing practical skills like knife skills. It really opened my eyes to different styles of cooking.
It was great working as part of a team and interacting with friends and colleagues in Spanish. I feel like my confidence has really grown as a result.
Seville is a beautiful city with amazing views, and it was a treat to walk to work every day.
My experience has changed the way I think about my future. I’ve realised I have an open future and I can go wherever I want’Read more...
Business: Justina Zotkeviciute
Justina is a Business student from Barking & Dagenham College. She undertook a 4 week work placement with Cergei Ei, in Prague, Czech Republic.
“This trip and experience has taught me how to work as a team to get things done for a tight deadline and how to present myself in a professional manner towards employers and people around me in a working place. I have gained more confidence within myself as it made me do things I didn’t want to do such as communicate with people who didn’t speak English.”Read more...