The Erasmus + programme is the European Union programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It provides funding and support for organisations like Blackrock Further Education Institute to operate projects which will allow students to travel within the European Union and to experience and encourage a different level of learning.
BFEI was delighted to receive funding to offer this to our Beauty Therapy students.
March 2018 saw the first group of our Beauty Therapy students travel to Tenerife to avail of this programme and what an experience it was for both them and the Institute!
They gained wonderful work placements in 4 and 5 Star Spas and Salons in the Las Americas region of Sunny Tenerife. For some of the students it was to be their first time living and working in another country and the Erasmus experience gave them an opportunity for enhanced learning and a chance to explore a new culture. The memories and character building that they encountered should last a lifetime.
The students received full funding for flights accommodation and spending money. In preparation for this they were given an opportunity to do a Spanish language course to enhance their own experience.
There was great excitement within the college as the girls jetted off to Tenerife to start their Erasmus Experience and we are looking forward to offering this opportunity to many of our students over the coming years. We hope that they will gain valuable work experience and many contacts through this programme should they want to travel and work in both Spain and further afield!