A big ‘croeso’ for visitors from Spain

Coleg Sir Gâr has welcomed visitors from IES Son Rullan college in Palma as part of an Erasmus+ programme.

Daniel Jabroer Zoppetti is taking part in a two-month work placement at the college, gaining experience within the sports and outdoor adventure teams, coordinated by 5x30 staff.

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport which is protected under a Brexit contingency regulation until 2020 as well as projects that extend further.

The project aims to provide experience for students and educators abroad and to share professional practice.

Daniel’s sports tutor Maria Gene has also benefited from six days of professional development spending time with Coleg Sir Gâr teaching staff in sport, outdoor adventure and 5x30.

IES Son Rullan tutor Maria Gene said: “My experience has shown me what options are available to students at the college and it’s given me useful ideas to take back to Spain such as the 5x30 project which I think would benefit our college.”

Erasmus+ says that five years after graduation, the unemployment rate of young people who studied or trained abroad is 23% lower than that of their peers. Since 2014, more than 50,000 people have taken part.

Maria Gene added: “The programme allows students to step outside their comfort zone whilst learning English in a realistic experience.”

Sarah Hopkins, director of learner progression at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Maria and Daniel to the college and we hope that they have gained an insight into the college, culture and education within Carmarthenshire and Wales.

“Our students will be taking part in an Erasmus+ programme in May where they have work placement opportunities in Palma with IES Son Rullan college.”