Leonardo 2012-2013


This year was the 7th year of Moate Business College’s involvement with the Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Project, which is operated through Léargas as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013.  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 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 16 students to Italy, Spain and Portugal for 3 weeks each.  6 students completed their work experience in Lisbon, Portugal while 5 students went to Barcelona in Spain, and the final 5 students went to Pinerolo in Northern Italy. 
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.  “Lisbon was a lovely place to stay. Our host families were kind and made us feel at home all of the time. The work was very rewarding and we all learned a great deal of new skills.” (Student Quote-Portugal Project)