Hundreds of students are set to benefit from work placements abroad, after City of Wolverhampton College secured almost £300,000 in funding from the European Commission through the Erasmus+ scheme.

The college has gained Erasmus+ funding worth £293,000 to continue running its Erasmus+ programmes until 2019, and plans to send 150 young people to Florence and Braga on work experience.

Over the next two years students from a range of areas, including Creative Arts, Early Years, Education, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Hospitality, Hair and Beauty, Travel, Public Services, IT and Business, will be able to apply for a place and experience what it is like to work in a different country.

As part of the programme, which is free for students, participants take part in cultural and language workshops before jetting off on two week placements, becoming fully immersed in the work, life and culture of the country.

Nineteen-year-old Sonya Mehmi, who spent two weeks working in a popular pastry shop in the heart of Florence, said: “Working in Florence has been a great experience and will look great on my CV when I’m applying for jobs in the future.  

“I’m proud to say that I’ve worked in an Italian bakery and learnt how to make a range of traditional products.”

Student Projects Officer Kelleigh Greene said: “We are delighted to receive this funding, as a period of work abroad offers a whole new dimension to many courses, while also improving the training, skills and employability for our students.

“The programme is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a clear understanding of how industries operate abroad, and we have found that the young people return with a renewed energy and enthusiasm for their course which inspires and encourages others.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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