Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland
This year for the first time GCC will be sending students on an Erasmus+ program.
8 students and 2 teachers will travel to Evora in Portugal at the end of October for 3 weeks to learn new skills and competencies, for the exchange of best practice in vocational education and for students to gain invaluable work experience.
Students were informed about the project, interviews were held and applications filled out to select the most suitable candidates. 8 chosen students will travel to Evora with 2 teacher from a related departments in October 2017.
2 sports students will work with professional outdoor and adventure Sports company Desafio Sul helping to organise and run corporate team building events.
2 TV & Film students will work on location filming and editing with TV company GMT Productions.
2 Horticulture students will work at an Eco hotel carrying out landscapind duties and getting experience in harvesting cork, oilives and grapes in wine production. lastly 2 Science students will work in a local water Laboratory gaining experience in treatment techniques.
Participants will learn new skills and competencies that will increase their ability to progress in education and obtain future employment.
Students will develop greater social skills and inter personal skills.
An Internationalization strategy and policy will be in place at Galway Community College.
Both staff and students will build European networks in education and industry. A European identity will be fostered by students and staff at GCC.
This Erasmus mobility will stimulate the acquisition of European social and cultural capital.
GCC are hoping to expand on this project to offer European work placement to all PLC courses in the future.