14.12.2016 12:28

Collaborators of the Isle of Wight College visit Euro-BBW

Just after our collaborators returned from their trip to the Isle of Wight in England, three staff members of the Isle of Wight College travelled to the Euro-BBW in Bitburg in order to become familiar with German dual training system and vocational rehabilitation of young people with disabilities.

 

Just after our collaborators returned from their trip to the Isle of Wight in England, three staff members of the Isle of Wight College travelled to the Euro-BBW in Bitburg in order to become familiar with German dual training system and vocational rehabilitation of young people with disabilities. They were awaited by a packed program and bright sunshine so that they found the same weather conditions as our employees during their stay on the Isle of Wight.  

First, we informed Donna, Isabel and Matthew about the aims and tasks of the Euro-BBW and were guided through the building. We also explained and discussed the structure of the rehabilitation process, support planning by the reha-team and the procedures of pre-vocational training at the Euro-BBW. Moreover, our English guests took part in lessons in our vocational school and discussed the different training systems but also strategies to avoid extremism among young people.

We got interesting basic information about the German dual system by Mrs. Alexandra Lossjew, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trier. After that the program featured the variety of the German training system. 

Mr Gärtner and Mr Kaiser,  „learn-factory“ of the Caritasverband Trier, presented their integration shop „einzigart“ which is run in the city centre of Trier by young people in need of support, under the supervision of specialised trainers – and was even explicitly mentioned as best practice project in the Federal Report of Education 2008. On the one hand, the young people are trained externally, on the other hand an assisted training is offered so that they get support in case of initial difficulties. 

The art projects „Bau-Art“ and „Kunst-Bau-Steine“ by the self-help organisation Club Aktiv in Trier carefully lead people with psychic impairments back to the labour market. Mrs. Zuzanna Urbanicova portrayed how they get the chance to gain vocational ground again by means of artistic design and craft. 

The vocational training centre bebiz in Bitburg offers in turn interplant training for apprentices in the first apprenticeship year of leading regional enterprises. Mr Ehl, director of the centre, informed comprehensively about his organisation as well as about a new project which is about preparing young, minor refugees for the German training and labour market in order to offer them long-term vocational perspectives in our country.

Our guests were obviously impressed by the transparent structure of the dual system in Germany and the qualifications which are valid at national level and of high quality. They took a lot of impressions and new ideas to England. They especially fell for the wide range of possibilities to gather real vocational experience, also in a special institution like the Euro-BBW, and for the open conversations they could have with our trainees – but also for the scenic attractions of the region and the hospitality of its inhabitants! 

Besides intensive talks, knowledge of the cultural particularities of the region must not be missed out. This is also expressively supported by the EU program Erasmus+. Either the multimedia show „In the realm of shadows“ at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier which took our visitors to a time journey into Roman underworld, or a guided tour of Trier’s world heritage monuments and scenes of the Third Reich were on the agenda. Apart from a visit of the Christmas Market of Trier, a wine tasting at an organic vineyard ensured a necessary rest – but also the opportunity to talk about possible common projects in the future and exchanges after the Brexit. 

We agreed to continue our co-operation as far as possible. Thus, we will send again employees to the Isle of Wight next year – and we are really looking forward to it!

Impressions of the visit of Isle of Wight College's staff members