Over 70 West Lothian College students travelled abroad last weekend

 

Over seventy West Lothian College students travelled abroad last weekend as part of the on going programme to extend learning across Europe and enhance learning journeys by providing International Work Placement opportunities.

The Erasmus Plus Programme is an EU student exchange programme which provides and funds a variety of overseas options for learners.

West Lothian College students travelled to France, Italy and Sweden as part of the Erasmus Plus programme and represent subjects such as Travel & Tourism, Childhood Practice, Sport & Fitness, Health & Social Care, Automotive Engineering and Hospitality.

The students are spending two weeks on a work placement related to their subject area and are assessed by College staff throughout for the learning and achievements undertaken on mobility - not only do these international experiences offer the ability to learn about different cultures and experience living and working in a different country. Additionally, there is time for the students to explore, go sightseeing and go on cultural trips or tours. The work experience element enhances student's CVs, improves their confidence and communication, builds skills and allows them to put into practice the theory learnt in the classroom at College.

Daniel Evans, Head of Commercial and Marketing at West Lothian College said: "West Lothian College is a huge ambassador of students going on mobility, with over 120 students having travelled, or being set to travel abroad in the current academic year on a range of international projects across a variety of countries including Malaysia, Romania, and Portugal.

"It has been found that the attainment level (those that succeed in completing and achieving their qualification) is significantly higher among those students who travel abroad on these projects that the College average. Learners return from mobility with broadened horizons, elevated motivation and increased knowledge of International perspectives on their vocational speciality. Additionally, many of the learners who go abroad on these trips have never been abroad before, meaning these programmes give them opportunities they may not otherwise get."

 

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