In SCFE we aim to support the educational, professional and personal development of our learners. One way learners can develop skills of cooperation, inclusion, creativity and innovation is through our Erasmus programmes.
What is Erasmus?
Erasmus+ is an EU programme that can help you travel to experience work, study or train in another EU country. Students who participate in Erasmus+ programmes get funding to cover travel costs and living expenses such as accommodation and food.
Erasmus at SCFE
Our first groups of students to participate in Erasmus was in February 2020.
Six learners from the Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education travelled to participate in a two-week work-study programme with KVT, a VET college in Trondheim, Norway.
This aimed to provide learners with an immersive learning experience featuring examples of international best practice in Early Childhood Care and Education. Our partner KVT organised a comprehensive programme of activities. The learners spent a total of 10 mornings on placement in Early Years settings in Trondheim.
They also attended classes with their Norwegian counterparts at KVT college and engaged in cultural activities.
This once in a lifetime opportunity has not only greatly improved the professional skills and employment potential of the students involved but has also enhanced their lives in many other ways.
In 2021, six students from the Travel and Tourism Department travelled to Tenerife to undertake a 3-week work placement in hotels, activity centres and tourist offices. The learners stayed in two apartments and engaged in cultural activities on the Island related to their vocational field.
This experience ensured that our students had a very attractive CV to present to employers when they graduated in 2022.
We are continuing to build on our engagement with Erasmus. In 2023, as well as our programmes in Spain and Norway, we are offering students on our Social Studies, Criminology and Youthwork programmes, the opportunity to take part in a programme in Portugal.
Students will get the opportunity to work alongside professionals in services for people experiencing homelessness and drug addiction. Our Youth Work students will take part in placements in a variety of services for young people.
Benefits for students
Students who have taken part in Erasmus programmes are overwhelmingly positive about the experience. They have reported an increase in their skills and competences in their work area as well as increased confidence in their own abilities. They feel better able to cooperate with people from other backgrounds and cultures and believe that the experience has improved their chances of getting employment in their chosen areas.
If you would like to find out more about our courses or the Erasmus programme in SCFE, why not visit us for our Open Day on 18th January between 10am and 2pm. Our staff and students will be happy to talk to you.
SCFE – Your Choice for a Broad Range of Career Opportunities
SCFE provides courses to school leavers and mature students in a broad variety of areas from Childcare to Social Studies, Fashion, Art and Floristry, Hairdressing & Beauty, Travel and Tourism, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre and Fitness and Wellbeing.
SCFE continues to ensure that our courses are up to date, relevant and future proofed to give our students the edge in their chosen field. To find out more check out our website http://www.scfe.ie.
Course Coordinators are available to answer specific questions about individual courses and their contact details are listed on each course page.
Come and visit us on our next Open Day on 18th January 2023. See http://www.scfe.ie for more details.