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News: Europe vis­its bring inter­na­tion­al flavour to col­lege courses

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People sat at a long table smiling about to eat some food together

More than 100 Nottingham College students are getting the opportunity to travel abroad this academic year thanks to an Erasmus+ (plus) work experience programme. Trips are planned to Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Poland for students from a wide range of subject areas across the College, from Engineering to Hair and Beauty and from Tourism to Early Years and Education.

The project is designed to pro­vide stu­dents with valu­able cul­tur­al and work expe­ri­ence that will help in their future careers.

The first Eras­mus+ trip was in Novem­ber 2018, see­ing 12 cater­ing stu­dents spend three weeks work­ing in north­ern Italy. They were based in For­li, a town in the heart of one of Italy’s well-loved food­ie regions, Emil­ia Romagna. The group also vis­it­ed the beau­ti­ful city of Flo­rence on one of their days off to soak up the atmos­phere and explore. 

Pro­fes­sion­al Chef’s Diplo­ma stu­dent, Ash­ley Cham­ber­lain, com­plet­ed a place­ment at Ben­so, a fine din­ing restau­rant spe­cial­is­ing in local­ly sourced ingre­di­ents, which fea­tures in the Miche­lin Guide. 

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Ashley Chamberlain

Work­ing at Ben­so showed me dif­fer­ent ways to pre­pare and cook things. The lan­guage bar­ri­er was hard to start with, but I picked some Ital­ian up and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion got bet­ter quick­ly. Over­all, it was an amaz­ing experience. 

 — Ash­ley Chamberlain

Twen­ty-two-year-old NVQ Pro­fes­sion­al Chef’s Diplo­ma stu­dent Sita Kyere­meh also went on the first trip.

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Sita Kyeremeh

I liked the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it a new place in Italy, espe­cial­ly to trav­el and work with my friends and colleagues. 

My work expe­ri­ence was help­ful as I had a kind boss and it taught me new skills and ideas, such as healthy eat­ing and Ital­ian barista skills. 

 — ​Sita Kyeremeh 

The trips con­sist of work place­ments in local busi­ness­es, and for the cater­ing stu­dents this includ­ed get­ting stuck in at a range of restau­rants, cafes and oth­er eater­ies, to learn from expe­ri­enced local professionals. 

The first trip was such a suc­cess that some stu­dents even received job offers for after they fin­ish their courses.

This month has seen Engi­neer­ing and Sport stu­dents also head­ing off to Italy, with more vis­its planned between now and June. 

We were delight­ed to secure Eras­mus+ fund­ing to give stu­dents the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn how the indus­try they are train­ing for works in anoth­er country. 

Liv­ing abroad for three weeks also gives them the chance to immerse them­selves in anoth­er cul­ture and make friends across borders. 

Stu­art Stapleton — Inter­na­tion­al Project Man­ag­er at Not­ting­ham College

Eras­mus+ is a Euro­pean pro­gramme designed to mod­ernise edu­ca­tion, train­ing and youth work across Europe, which is run­ning until 2020

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  • 15th February 2019 (3:46 PM)
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