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Students of Vocational College Alsdorf are Gaining Experience in Istanbul

Four students from our Alsdorf college namely, Pascal Dressen, Geraldine Gemuend, Sezer Oeztuerk and Sebastian Peters, lived for four weeks in Istanbul/Turkey to complete an internship at Turkish Technic, the technical service provider of Turkish Airlines, Europe s 4th largest carrier. Between 29 June and 25 July they gained experience in aircraft maintenance, an important aspect of their technical training in aviation technology at our college.

Our college participates in ERASMUS+, the new vocational mobility program of the European Union. In May we received the funding approval from the program’s national agency. This enabled us to sponsor the training for these four students, pioneers of a total of 38 students that will be supported by the program. In this way, they will receive professional enrichment within their respective vocational training stream. Our partner for this particular internship opportunity is the Vocational College Eskesehir/Turkey. Its headmaster, Dr. Kabadayi, facilitated the provision of these internships at Atatuerk International Airport in Istanbul.

The ERASMUS+ program aims to foster vocational mobility of young people during their training. The participants receive multiple opportunities to gain experience such as working in another language area, in- tense exploration of another cultural context and thus enlarging their inter-cultural competence. In addition to this broadening of their professional horizon, the program holds the possibility to open new perspectives on their professional career as well. The program offers considerable subsidies for travel and living expenses so that individual students only contribute a manageable portion. The duration of internships abroad range from 2 weeks to one year. Starting with this first vocational mobility experience our objective is to support more Vocational College Alsdorf students to obtain an opportunity in this extraordinary career development experience. To support this objective, we established the first small network of partners throughout Europe comprising vocational colleges from Finland, Spain and Turkey. These colleges will in the future assist stu- dents from Alsdorf to find and participate in internships in local companies abroad within their respective professional fields.

If you are interested in this vocational development program, contact Mr Hansmann. 

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