Eight second year students at Stockton Sixth Form College are spending their summer completing exciting work experience opportunities in Spain.
The group of students travelled to the Costa Brava coast in July to gain first-hand experience of working life in the Spanish travel and leisure industry.
Each student will spend ten weeks in a customer-facing role at a popular hotel based in the traditional town of Tossa De Mar, north of Barcelona.
The initiative is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which offers unique opportunities for young people to experience exchange projects across the continent.
Now in its ninth successful year at the college, students are given the chance to learn valuable teamwork and customer service skills whilst accessing specialist placement support and language tuition. The group also work towards the internationally-recognised Europass qualification throughout their time spent abroad.
Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “The college’s Eramus+ programme gives Stockton Sixth Form students the edge in securing a future career in the travel industry because it allows them to gain substantial work experience abroad with the support of a specialist member of staff.
“We are committed to expanding opportunities which enable our students to put their studies to the test and work independently both at home and abroad.
“Just six months ago Stockton Sixth Form was named the best college in the area for securing students’ next step in education, and we believe experiences like this really set them apart as they look to progress from college.”
Stockton Sixth Form College participates in a number of exciting and unique European projects throughout each academic year, enabling students to travel across the continent taking part in joint events with partner schools and colleges in neighbouring countries completely free of charge.
The college has secured over 180,000 euros in recent months to continue these exciting projects into 2016 and is committed to enabling students from a wide range of subjects to travel the continent to enhance their classroom studies.
In addition to Erasmus+, the college is an official host school of ‘Comenius’, an EU educational initiative which seeks to help young people and teachers better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values. Comenius has enabled groups of college students to travel on expenses-paid trips to France, Germany and Italy in the last two years alone.
In the future, new programmes will be introduced which will take Stockton Sixth Form College students all over Europe and beyond.
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