In March 2016 thirty five students from Templemore College of Further Education completed work experience placements in Spain, France and Germany. Fifteen students spent three weeks in Sevilla, Spain working in areas of Tourism, European Studies, IT, Security Studies, Complementary Therapies, Childcare, and Creative Media. Whilst five students spent three weeks in Niort, France from the Horticulture and Sports and Recreation and a further fifteen students from Hairdressing, Beauty and Makeup Artistry courses spent three weeks in Leipzig, Germany.
The Students from Templemore College of Further Education gained valuable experiences in terms of learning a new language and technical skills in their areas of expertise but also in terms of personal growth. All students demonstrated a significant increase in self-confidence, maturity, and motivation upon their return home to Ireland. In addition, the Erasmus+ mobility experience will enhance the student’s CV and help the student secure future employment, at home or abroad.
Each student receives funding from the Erasmus+ programme for travel, accommodation, and living expenses. Students gain an opportunity to experience life in another country, by attending language classes, working with a local company, and participating in organised cultural activities.
This was an extremely successful initiative this year and all students found it to be a worthwhile and positive experience.