The project “My professional experience is a key to success” focuses on the development of professional competences and practical skills in third-year students of Secondary School No. 1 in Ostrzeszów. Two-week-long internships organized as part of the project will be a form of serving apprenticeships required by Polish education law.
The project is intended to include students of the Technical School of Economics and the Technical School of Hairdressing, who will complete internships at British companies, as well as students of the Technical School of Nutrition and Catering and the Technical School of Tourism, who will go to Italy. In the project, a total of 64 students and 8 supervisors will participate, and four trips will take place as part of the undertaking—16 students and two supervisors each. Of those, two trips are scheduled for 2018 and two for 2019.
The main objective of the project is to develop the practical skills and professional competences of the students in accordance with the programs that they pursue. It also aims to enable the students—the majority of whom come from rural areas and small towns and often find themselves in difficult financial situations—to explore the international labor market and the cultures of Great Britain and Italy.
During their work for different companies, the interns will learn about the way work is organized by these businesses and about modern technologies and development trends observed in particular industries. They will also acquire skills and gain experience inspiring them to pursue further education and increasing their future chances of finding attractive jobs that will help them fulfill their life and career aspirations. Another objective of the project is to improve the students’ practical communication skills in the English language—with special emphasis on vocational vocabulary—as well as to teach them Italian at a level enabling basic communication. What is more, through participation in the project the students will develop their adaptability to new environments and form attitudes oriented toward meeting new people, exchanging experiences, and engaging in cooperation with respect for another person and his or her culture and background.
We would like to achieve these goals through work and interactions in the companies where the internships will take place, as well as through contact with specialists and families accommodating the students at their homes. Moreover, linguistic education, cultural preparation, bonding events and cultural meetings, sightseeing tours, and the exploration of the host country will also serve this purpose.
Obtaining knowledge, practical skills, and professional experience will inspire the participants to personal development, encourage them to engage in further education, and stimulate their mobility and creativity in shaping their own career paths.