Exchanging Good Practice in Employability and Enterprise
The aim of this partnership is to encourage young people to get a deeper insight into the schools’ preparation for their work life. Both colleges have a particular interest in developing enhancement programs in European citizenship, teamwork, leadership and cultural diversity in both colleges. Another important objective of the German students is to improve their language skills.
First Year of Partnership
In the first year the students made contact with the Northern Irish students. The Northern Irish students have started pen pal-ship via email with our students. The students had a videoconference introducing each other. The classroom enterprise project has been launched to gain information on the topic of the project. The BMC students have visited the German students in February 2011. All students worked on the project topics during that time, e.g. comparing the two school systems, eating habits, German and Northern Irish enterprises (BRax and Dr. Oetker, Bombardier and Barclays Bank), making a DVD and creating a website of this project and making a booklet for German small talk.
Second Year of Partnership
The German students visit the BMC in Belfast in October 2011. The different projects within the project will be finished. The students are going to keep up the website for sharing information and building up resources on employability/enterprise in each country.
The problem addressed by this partnership is that a lot of young people are not prepared for getting on with new experience in the world of work. In order to prepare young people, the two colleges decided to exchange information on how they are preparing their students.
In this section you find reports on the project activities in various meetings at school, reports from the student magazine on the partnership and the project meetings and reports from the local press and radio and TV (e.g. Neue Westfälische, Herforder Kreisblatt, Radio Herford, WDR).