Engineering apprentices from East Wales have enhanced their professional skills in papermaking whilst undertaking work placements in Germany, thanks to a Leonardo Mobility project coordinated by Deeside College.
During the two week placements, the group of ten apprentices had hands on experience of the latest paper production methods alongside the opportunity to increase their language and cultural awareness skills. When they returned they had a wealth of new ideas that they were able to introduce back into their workplace.
The added value of the European work placement has also been recognised by their employer “I feel that in this day and age, with companies being more international, the opportunity for young engineering apprentices to be given the possibility to travel to different cultures is immense. They are able to see at first hand the different working methods, albeit the same company. The experience they receive gives them all a good social grounding for their future development.” (John Frodsham, Technical Training Engineer, UPM-Kymmene (UK) Limited)
“I have gained in confidence since being in Germany because I had to work with new people on new subjects in a totally new environment. I can apply the new work and personality related skills when back in the UK and I believe these skills will support me in my future career.” (Luke Kerrigan, Apprentice, Kimberly-Clark)
Leonardo Mobility projects can help you provide staff, students, apprentices, job seekers or trainees with a unique opportunity to enhance their skills on a work placement in another European country.