Erasmus+ 2014-2015


This year was the 8th year of Moate Business College’s involvement with the Erasmus+ (Previously Leonardo da Vinci) Projectwhich is operated through Léargas as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. 

The purpose of this project is to offer students attending FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 courses the chance to gain training and work experience in another European country. The work placement lasts for 3 weeks with all expenses being paid for by The European Commission.  Students stay with host families when they are abroad and, as well as completing their work placement, they also get the chance to visit local sights and tourist attractions and take part in excursions around the host country. 

The project actually commences in September/October of each year when students apply to be considered for a place.  All students attending Moate Business College are eligible to apply for a place on the project and once they have been chosen, they then take part in a series of cultural and language classes which provide them with the skills required for their work placement abroad. In February of this year MBC sent a total of 24 students to Italy and Romania for 3 weeks each.  16 students completed their work experience in Osasco and Pinerolo in Northern Italy while 8 went to Timisoara in Romania - this being the first time MBC has worked with organisations in Romani.

All the students worked in placements that were based on their vocational area of interest and the course that they were studying in MBC. Work placements were varied and included working in hospitals, playschools,schools, fashion design companies, sports centres and hotels.

The students found the whole experience very rewarding and would encourage all future students to apply for a chance to take part in this project.