Go Further Reach Higher was a VET mobility project aimed at targeting 90 trainees with fewer opportunities and 32 staff who work with them being sent by five diverse UK vocational institutions, a mixture of academies, colleges and training organisations. Trainees were expected to undertake two week traineeships in either animal management studies or wood occupations. Trainees and staff working in the field of Animal Management were able to spend their placement in either the Netherlands or Malta and their training was based in a Donkey sanctuary, or a Cat Sanctuary with opportunities to undertake additional enrichment activities in an Ostrich Farm and/or a National Park. For those staff and trainees undertaking studies or training in the field of wood occupation and carpentry, the placements offered were in Sweden or Portugal in one of three fields, in carpentry, in restoration, or in joinery, three distinct areas giving participants a different experience and different learning opportunities. Placements were tailored to the individual participants needs and include activities in one or more of these areas.
Final eveluation and testimonies
Teacher's testimony - ProCo. NW Ltd
After just a few months into a Vocational Educational Training (VET) project, young participants already started to disseminate the impacts that this Erasmus+ opportunity had on their personal and professional life.
Despite the fact our project Go Further Reach Higher (GFRH) started just 5 months ago, it already offered more than 40 young students the opportunity to undertake a VET experience abroad. Some went to Aruba and Malta to work towards animal care professions, while some went to Sweden to develop and learn some new skills in a carpentry. This project has been funded with the generous support of Erasmus+ UK.
Back in their college, some of the students had to produce a small presentation which they showcased in front of their classmates. It’s what Derek, a student at ProCo. NW Ltd, did. He created the following PowerPoint about his animal care project in Malta:
Kirklees College published an article on their Construction Employer Forum Newsletter. (Click on the following pictures to open the article)
Sharon Sheppard, Director of Animal Management at Askham Bryan College.
“The Go Further Reach Higher Project has had such a positive impact on my students and College as it has provided unique opportunities for our students studying Animal Management programmes to gain real-life work experience and a fantastic insight into working and living abroad. The Everything is Possible team as well as the main host providers are a pleasure to work with – they are so helpful and supportive and are very passionate and enthusiastic about what they do.
This project has allowed my students to experience an inspirational and educational journey where they have developed their knowledge and skills whilst caring for and working with a diverse set of animal species. The students also gained a broad insight into different cultures, the local wildlife and their habitats as well as enhancing their personal development and employability skills.
From working with the local animal sanctuaries and veterinary practices to carrying out beach patrols to help conserve sea turtles, this project has provided my students with a diverse experience that they could not have experienced in the UK and this will give them a competitive advantage when looking at potential careers.
My biggest job satisfaction is being able to combine my love for animals with teaching and learning. The Go Further Reach Higher Project has allowed me to continue to share my enthusiasm, knowledge and experience with my students whilst enabling them to develop and gain vital skills to broaden their horizons and explore their future career options”.