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Twin town students enjoy successful exchange visit

February 18, 2014

Students from Germany were welcomed to West Cheshire College’s business department as 14 students came to Ellesmere Port as part of an exchange project.

Students from the Theodor-Heuss-Schule from Ellesmere Port’s twin town of Reutlingen visited for two weeks to strengthen their language skills and to get an insight into the ‘British way of work’.

Students from Germany proudly show off their Certificate of Achievement after completing work experience placements through West Cheshire College

During the first week, students had lessons in the College’s business department helping students organise their Christmas market event.

During the second week, the College organised work placements for all of the students with local companies as well as in departments within the College to help to develop their communication skills as well as get hands-on experience.

Renee Eaton, Business tutor from West Cheshire College, said: “It was a great experience having the students visit us and spend time in our business department.

“We learnt a lot from the experience and we certainly realised that they study in a very different way to our students.

“All the exchange students really valued their work placements. It provided them with a fantastic experience to improve their communication and language skills as well as gain knowledge of a British workplace.

“The College’s work experience team were fantastic at arranging placements for the students so it is a big thanks to them that our visitors had such a good time and learnt so much from being over here.”

Katharina Rilling, business tutor from Theodor-Heuss-Schule Reutlingen, said: “It was a pleasure for us to stay in Ellesmere Port and spend time at West Cheshire College. It was a wonderful experience for us all.

“Both our students and teachers learnt a lot about project based methods of teaching and we all improved our language skills.

“During their work experience placements, our students were able to broaden their business knowledge in an international context, which will be beneficial for them.”

Students from the school are already planning their return to West Cheshire College in November 2014.

For more information about studying business at West Cheshire College call the College hotline: 01244 656555, visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk or pop into one of our Campuses to pick up a prospectus.

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