Internships Abroad

Have you ever done work experience in Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Malta, Austria or even in Rwanda?

At the Euro-BBW training periods in other European countries are part of the standard curriculum. In the second course year, above all, we offer trainees the opportunity to complete a spring or summer placement in a business abroad. In doing so we predetermine neither country nor business, working instead with the trainee to try to find the placement most appropriate to personal interests, skills and potential.

Within the framework of the program Erasmus+ we organise two-week internships at the Luovi Vocational College in Oulu, Finland for six trainees since 2008. They are accompanied by three collaborators and they get courses for lingustic and cultural preparation. In return, we are visited a few months later by a group of Finnish trainees  who are completing internships in companies in Bitburg.  

Since 2016, our collaborators are also able to do job shadowing abroad within the framework of Erasmus+: on the one hand also at the Luovi Vocational College in Oulu, Finland, on the other hand at the Isle of Wight College on the Isle of Wight, Great Britain.

In recent years it became an established feature that our collaborators write a blog during their stay abroad and fill it with photos and current news:

England Blog 2016 (job shadowing collaborators)Finland Blog 2016 (internships trainees)Finland Blog 2016 (job shadowing collaborators)Finland Blog 2015 (internships trainees) 

Trainees, returning from work placements abroad, had the following impressions:

  • "... I can recommend everyone a placement in Austria, even though the language is German and no English or French is spoken. It is nevertheless an opportunity to get to know other ways of life as well as dialects. The internship abroad has made me more independent and boosted my aspirations to work in a DIY store after completing my training, I hope that works out."
  • "A four week placement in Südtirol - what could be better! In those four weeks we learned a lot and saw a lot. A lot of the time I worked in the greenhouse, at the potting table for example. I processed deliveries and could also put my sales skills to the test. If I could, I would come back to Südtirol at once. I am going to apply for a job there after completing my training. Then I'll learn to speak Italian too ..."
  • "I did my spring placement in England. I was responsible for developing and repairing a postnuke module for a non profit organisation. Besides that, I reworked the website to the current accessibility standards. It was a really, really pleasant time. The communication with the friendly people proved not to be difficult, if all else failed hand gestures would still be widely understood. I was able to bring a great deal of specialist as well as language skills home with me."
  • "I was on a work experience placement in a 4 star hotel on the Costa Dorada. We staffed the hotel reception, I felt very comfortable in the young team of 5 people. Of course it was strenuous too, above all because we had to stand at the reception. And then all those different languages! The hotel guests were international. The good thing about that was that besides my Spanish I could very much improve my English and French knowledge, too. My enthusiasm for the Spanish country and people is aroused, I will definitely return."