29.11.2016 11:29

“When the Euro-BBW came to the Isle of Wight”


Last weekend our two colleagues Sandra B. and Theo O. completed their two-week job shadowing on the Isle of Wight in England which also took place within the framework of the program „Erasmus+ Mobility“ of the European Union. This was the first exchange of staff with the Isle of Wight College.

After their arrival on the second weekend of November, they first explored their surroundings in and around Newport and found out that it was the memorial day of the soldiers who were killed during World War 1, as the church court was decorated with poppies, the symbol of this memorial day. Afterwards they went to the Needles, a beautiful natural monument at the Western Coast of the island, and walked over the Coastal Trail to Freshwater Bay.

On Monday, they started with job shadowing in our partner institution. Our contact person for the exchange was Pat who organised everything in advance and looked after our our colleagues during their stay. The following days they were guided through the departments of the College and introduced to the staff and they got to know the English training and rehabilitation system as well as the different measures in the IOW in which they could assist or watch. Sandra (trainer of specialists in the hospitality services industry) and Theo (teacher for joiners and woodworking assistants and English teacher) found out that in England practical and theoretical training contents are imparted by the trainers. They also assess the trainees' performances – there is no final examination like the journeyman's examination in Germany.

Comparable with our pre-vocational training in the Euro-BBW, there is the measure „Insight“ in the IOW College. Young people (with disabilities) have access to it at every time. Sandra helped to prepare meals out of donated comestibles for homeless people which is a nice initiative of „Insight“. The collaborators of the IOW College all work with great engagement, patience and respect and always manage to motivate their pupils for their respective tasks and objectives.

One of the collaborators is responsible of „Safeguarding“ which means to prevent young people of radicalisation, drugs, alcohol and mobbing. Safeguarding is prescribed by law in England and the observance of necessary procedures and standards is controlled.

Besides all this information and new impressions our colleagues had enough time to explore the island, people and culture by magnificent sunny weather. Some of their destinations are „Carrisbrooke Castle“ (nearly 1000 years old), a garlic farm, „Osborne House“ (summer house of Queen Victoria) and a museum in Freshwater Bay, where photos of the fotographer Julia Margeret Cameron are exhibited, as well as photos of the legendary Isle of Wight Festivals of 1970. 

A more detailed report of this Erasmus+ exchange can be found at the England blog which was written everyday by Sandra B. and Theo. O.

Impressionen von der Isle of Wight