A successful two years for Newham College’s Erasmus+ Transnational Project
The Erasmus+ Transnational Project has offered work experience placements in Spain in the hospitality, tourism and retail industries.
Over the past two academic years, the Transnational Project team (part of the Apprenticeships, Partnerships and Innovations directorate) has successfully sent 167 students to Seville, Spain, under the Erasmus+ initiative. While in Seville, students completed work experience placements in sectors including hospitality, tourism and retail. They received Spanish lessons, undertook a historical tour of the city with our partners in Spain, and enjoyed different cultural and leisure activities in the city.
Learners from Accounting, Humanities & Science, Business, Travel & Tourism, Catering, Early Years, ESOL, Fashion, Hair & Beauty, Health & Social Care, and Sports journeyed to Seville over eleven trips throughout 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, receiving a great deal of praise from our partners in Seville, Third Sector International.
Some quotes from our learners:
‘I went to work experience at the restaurant Guevara and Lynch, and they taught me all sorts of skills and I feel, as a chef, I have improved greatly’
‘I really liked the independence the trip gave me.’
‘The Spanish cuisine was delicious!’
‘I improved my communication skills and learnt more Spanish.’
‘I learned how to communicate with customers, how to do advertisements and how to work with colleagues.’
There was a noticeable difference in the confidence levels of learners we interacted with before and after they returned from Seville, with some shy learners coming back from Seville more confident, bolder, and much more talkative.
Clearly, these trips are incredibly valuable to the learners of Newham College, with some of them telling us afterwards that the trip was a once in a lifetime experience that they will never forget!
We will be organising more of these trips over the next academic year, so more learners can benefit from this amazing experience.