Limerick College of Further Education’s learners are undertaking a three week work placement in France this February.
Five learners in total will begin work placement in the city of Rennes, capital of Brittany on Monday 6th February 2017. Today, knowledge of European languages and cultures is more indispensable than ever for a good career and learning, studying or training abroad are all ways of improving employment opportunities. Companies see people with experience abroad as bringing qualifications and knowledge which benefit competitiveness.
Work Experience is an integral part of most courses provided at Limerick College of Further Education. Work experience placements enable those involved to develop skills in their vocational area and competencies through periods of work-based training. They provide access to different working practices and new technologies. Work experience placements abroad provide additional opportunities to enhance linguistic capabilities, key skills and cultural awareness. In an increasingly global market place, experience of working overseas can significantly enhance prospects of employment.
Erasmus Plus Funding is available at present to LCFE learners studying on courses which take a foreign language element. Learners from courses such as Marketing and Travel and Tourism Services are taking part in the programme this year. These learners will gain experience in their vocational area in the target country concerned. Learners will receive full Erasmus Plus grant funding for the work experience placement.
The work experience placement abroad will not only enhance these learners’ employment opportunities but will also be a valuable personal experience. LCFE learners are embracing the opportunity wholeheartedly and are excited at the prospect of living independently in France for three weeks. These learners will gain experience in their vocational area in a foreign work environment, experience a foreign culture and most of all have lots of fun doing all of the above.