NCL secures Erasmus+ funding for European work placements until 2021

Over 500 students at New College Lanarkshire are set to benefit from overseas work placement opportunities thanks to Erasmus+ funding being approved by Ecorys UK.

The funding has been approved until 2021 giving students the chance to visit, work and experience the culture in countries including France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Finland, Lithuania, Austria and Cyprus.

Julie McKenna, External Funding Manager at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The positive impact has been very clear among students, with a visible increase in engagement and enthusiasm leading to more success within their courses.  

“Many of the students selected to take part in activities have never been abroad before, these trips allow personal growth and to experience a whole new culture as well as the chance to gain additional skills for their chosen subject of study in a European environment and context.”

Students participating in Erasmus+ activities undertake two weeks’ work experience related to their studies, as well as cultural activities within their placement country.

They also receive a Europass Mobility document evidencing that they have studied and worked in another country, enhancing their CV and employability prospects.

Shona Pettigrew, Head of External Funding and International at New College Lanarkshire said: “We are delighted to have been approved for another two year VET Mobility project with Erasmus+.  

“Since the creation of New College Lanarkshire in 2014, over 1300 students have travelled abroad on Erasmus+ work placement. 

“We are incredibly proud of the work we do to offer so many young people a European work experience as part of their course.

“The feedback from staff and students has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing to provide students with this opportunity over the next two academic years.  

“For anyone looking to improve their employment prospects this is a great time to be at college. Erasmus+ work experience is just one of the many reasons to choose college to build skills, and improve job and career prospects.”

The funding is protected by the HM Government Guarantee and will proceed regardless of the final outcome of Brexit.

For more information about Erasmus+ at New College Lanarkshire, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/business-support/external-funding

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