From May 17th to 23rd II Liceum Ogólnokształcące z Oddziałami Dwujęzycznymi im. Św. Królowej Jadwigi in Siedlce hosted participants of Erasmus+ Project titled ‘Fit for Work’ - 33 students and 8 teachers from Lahr (Germany), Tarragona (Spain), Debrecen (Hungary) and Hennebont (France). Students also took part in the workshops aimed at preparing young people to professional activity at the European labour market. They also learnt about history and culture of Poland and Siedlce.
Urszula Bałkowiec, the director of the school, greeted the guests warmly and Polish students presented the school. After that students took part in workshops devoted to the ability to create curriculum vitae and cover letters. Each country chose the person who created the best application letter to a previously written job advert. Students discussed criteria of the choice of the best application letter. Also, they were talking about good sides of application letters. Later this day there was also a meeting in the City Hall with the vice president of Siedlce.
On May 19th students participated in the workshops in the Job Centre in Siedlce led by vocational councilors. The first part of the workshops concerned the modern method of recruitment called Assessment Centre. The activities in which students participated eagerly allowed them to know far more accurate method of recruitment, which is Assessment Centre, than a standard process. The tasks gave the students the insight into the exercises they could be tested during the recruitment. In the second part of the workshops Joanna Sajko – Stańczyk from the Saycoach company gave several tips connected with participation in job interviews. She also performed such job interviews with the participants of the workshops.
Next day students went to ‘Wedel’ – chocolate factory in Warsaw where they learnt about history of the company, personnel policy, rules of recruitment and employees’ career paths. Students also took part in the workshops consisted of designing and decorating the confectionery. In the afternoon our guests went to the Old Town and together with a guide they visited the Royal Castle and POLIN –Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The monuments made a huge impression on them.
The participants of Erasmus+ project visited Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities which is renowned for its rich offer of studies for the disabled. Students participated in the lecture devoted to methods of studying organization for the blind and visually impaired. Beata Gulati, an English teacher, shared her experience in working with deaf–mute students. The meeting was ended with the students’ live performance who sang Marek Grechuta’s song in a sign language.
During their stay in Siedlce participants of the project took part in a short Polish language course. Classes ended with the exam which was successfully passed by all the students.
The project was summarized on Friday. On that day a farewell meeting was organized. There were sport and recreation activities, a fire and a music concert. Everyone could enjoy Polish cuisine specialties. It was a lovely week during which everyone could make friends and gain some experience.