European Projects

Changing Lives, Opening Minds

The Halesowen College European Projects team is working with Erasmus+, the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. We enable learners and staff to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning across Europe.

Our projects allow participants to gain valuable life-skills and international experience to help them develop personally, professionally and academically.

STEP 2014-2016

STEP is a tourism project with two partner schools - ITE Tambosi- Battisti in Trento, Italy and IES Francisco Ayala de Granada in Granada, Spain. The students of the three schools simulated professional tour operator activities in their areas and produced tourist itineraries in Trentino, the Black Country and Andalusia.

This project has given the students the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate their key skills, in particular their communication, organisational and interpersonal skills. Planning and delivering the tours for the visiting students enabled them to develop their team- working and linguistic skills, and in particular to build up their confidence and self-esteem.

SWITCH 2016-2018

SWITCH is a staff and student development programme with two partner schools - ITE Tambosi Battisti in Trento, Italy and Institut Puig Castellar in Santa Coloma de Gramenet in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the project, staff have made resources to share with their own school and partners.

The project is intended to enable the staff involved to teach basic skills in new, engaging and inspiring ways. This will result in many more students gaining basic skills qualifications that they need in order to progress into higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes or employment.

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STRIVE 2016-2018

STRIVE is a student exchange programme with three partner schools - ITE Tambosi-Battisti School in Trento, Italy, St¤dtische Berufsschule f¼r Informationstechnik in Munich, Germany and Institut Puig Castellar in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Spain.

The project will send students for work placements in Germany, Italy and Spain. In return, we will receive students from the partners. Placements are for 4 weeks and our partners will help to find students placements related to their course of study. They will also assist in finding suitable accommodation, usually with families.

After the exchange students will feedback, highlighting the learning and skills they have gained, they will also receive a Europass certificate which provides a record of the skills and knowledge acquired in another European country.