Students at Huddersfield New College recently enjoyed overseas work experience opportunities as part of the Erasmus+ Programme, a student work exchange scheme.
Two groups of students were selected as part of an application process to travel seperately to Sweden or Poland to undertake work experience. Students on the Sweden exchange programme were based with host families in Lysekil and those on the Poland trip were based in Bielsko Biala.
During the two week programme, the groups undertook work experience. Students in both groups all study Sport, and were based in the local schools and College coaching and mentoring students. They led lessons, and coached younger students across a range of sports.
The two weeks also featured time for cultural experiences and learning more about the country and the culture, with students in Sweden enjoying a visit to Gothenburg’s world famous Christmas market and students in Poland visiting Auschwitz.
Erasmus+ offers students a lifechanging experience, with the College’s membership of the scheme allowing students to take part on a funded basis. The scheme means flights, accommodation, subsistence and cultural visits are all funded.
Student Hakan Dalbal, who joined the Sweden trip comments: “It was an absolutely amazing experience to be able not only teach and undertake my work placement abroad, but also experience a different way of life and culture. I have gained so many employability and social skills, including becoming a more confident communicator and able to work independently. I have been lucky enough to be invited back by the Swedish College next year and I am intending to return independently to undertake more work experience which I am really excited about!”
Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Quality (Vocational) and Wider College Experience says: “Here at HNC we offer our students some life-changing opportunities. Our participation in the Erasmus+ programme means that students can improve their employability skills and expand their perspective on the world through a unique opportunity to undertake work experience overseas! It is just one example of how we offer students experiences that can help their futures. Our next trip will see students working in Dublin, and I look forward to hearing their feedback.”
An online photo gallery from the two trips can be viewed below.