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Light On The Path European placements in Glasgow

Written by: Sabrina Allison, Director, Light on the Path

Published: 03/02/2015

Supporting young people to find the right work placements to push their career forwards.

Dreaming of a holiday in Spain? Why not bring a bit of Spain to your workplace?

The EU’s Erasmus+ makes this possible by funding work placements abroad for people in vocational training.
Young people benefit by gaining:

  • International work experience to strengthen their CV and give them more chance to work in Europe in future
  • Confidence in another culture
  • Improved English
  • New insights into how things are done in other countries – which can mean a lot of insights into innovation from health and social care approaches in Scotland

In exchange for this, the host employer gets:

  • Someone with education and usually experience in the sector who is skilled and keen to learn – and free of charge as the EU covers their living expenses
  • The chance for staff to reflect on how they do things in the process of sharing with the intern – creating a greater sense of pride
  • Insights into another country’s approaches, especially if you ask them about it
  • The chance to get to know someone from another culture without going anywhere – and to make new friends to keep in touch with and visit when you do take that foreign holiday

All you have to do is take a learning approach and give the young person a chance to get involved in a range of activities in the workplace that fit their planned learning outcomes.  Placements typically last from one to three months.

How can you get involved in such great opportunities?

Light on the Path is a key facilitator of these opportunities in Glasgow, with nearly 300 internships from Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

The ALLIANCE itself hosted a marketing intern and were delighted with the results.  Placements are wide ranging, but health and social care is a growing area.  One new partner in Hamburg sends 100 health and social care apprentices a year on European placements, so there are many opportunities.  Already they have sent nurses to work with Addaction, Alzheimer Scotland and Buchanan House Care Home, but we’re always looking for new organisations to host these enthusiastic, skilled young people. Host employers and students alike have been very happy.

“The students made an excellent contribution to the care and support of the residents and day service users. They were flexible, enthusiastic and adaptable with good communication skills.”

– Alzheimer Scotland

Our next group in social care are student technicians in dependent care from Córdoba, Spain. They will be bringing their enthusiasm and sunny accents to Glasgow 8 April to 8 May to work in host organisations that provide care to people with disabilities, either physical or mental.  Andrea is one of the girls and says,

“I would like to work with children because I love them. I’m fond of learning new things. I am a hard working person. I am also a very cheerful and open-minded person who tries hard and does her best.”

If you are Glasgow-based and interested in hosting one of these interns or others in future, please contact Sabrina Allison at Light on the Path – sabrina@lightonthepath.co.uk or 07903 930781.  We are also always interested in finding new host families and are developing a project to send people from Glasgow on opportunities in Europe. To find out more, go to www.internshipsglasgow.com

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