Over the next few years the EPMT will develop its participation in international exchanges, with a focus on qualitative partnerships.
The European Union will be our most important geographical area and we will target European apprentices.
Our mobility activities will seek to improve training quality, to help our apprentices meet the demands of the international labour market and to support innovation efforts.
We wish to offer our apprentices a true international dimension to their training. Many of our former apprentices are now working or have at some point worked abroad or for an international company, so taking part in international projects during their apprenticeship would help our current apprentices gain the relevant qualifications needed in that kind of work
We also want to develop international exchanges between teaching staff. Our thus far limited experience with staff mobility has been very encouraging and enriching not only for incoming and outgoing teachers, but for their colleagues and apprentices.
a) Choice of partners:
The choice of our partners will take into account the similarity and complementarity of our training offers, and will favour long-term partnerships.
b) Geographical areas:
The European Union would be our priority geographical area.
Staff mobility has already been carried out between Poland, Germany and France in order to prepare possible partnerships for 2017.
Regarding programme countries, we are currently developing partnerships with Germany. Indeed, we participated in an apprentice and teacher exchange between Paris and Berlin in 2017 in collaboration with the Centre Français de Berlin (the Franco-German cultural centre in Berlin) and the Franco-German Youth Office. We have also organised a new edition of that
exchange in 2018.
We are also interested in sending apprentices to English-speaking countries and Spain as English is the compulsory first modern language and Spanish is the most popular second modern language choice at our school.
In 2018 we have sent apprentices and teachers to Québec in collaboration with another school, the École de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie de Paris, the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse and the Ile-de-France region. In addition, a few apprentices will go to Québec to continue their vocational training for one year, in collaboration with the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse and the organisation Education Internationale.
We have in the past sent apprentices to Italy, Mexico, Canada, and China outside the Erasmus + programme (thanks to regional funding) and would like to intensify the school’s international focus.
c) Objectives and target groups:
All our BTS and Licence apprentices would be eligible for the content of the Erasmus + programme, on the basis of their application (including their cover letter, professional project, school record, and language skills). We have opened a two-year Master's degree in Tourist Accommodation Management in September 2018, which would also greatly benefit from the ability to send apprentices abroad and/or welcome foreign students at our school.
We specialise in hospitality and catering. Our school has over time broadened its offer of modern language classes, as proficiency in foreign languages in the hotel and restaurant industries is paramount. Mobility and cooperation projects will raise the awareness of all teachers on the issues of language practice, language certification, and the Erasmus + programme.
Our overall objective is to give our training a truly international dimension by offering traineeships or dual periods of traineeship and study abroad to our apprentices (for many of whom this would be a first experience abroad, as a significant percentage come from underprivileged backgrounds), sending staff abroad, and welcoming foreign students and/or staff.
We want to prepare not only professionals who will be in an advantageous position when entering the labour market, having developed their language skills and job experience, but also European citizens who are sensitive to cultural differences, and open to the wider world.
Lastly, we hope this international dimension will help our degrees to be better known and have a better reputation as unfortunately vocational training still often suffers from a poor image among the general public.