The vocational (MBO) schools of the Lentiz education group have been active in the field of internationalisation for many years. Traditionally, many foreign internships are carried out by our vocational students. Financing of these activities is made possible in part by the Erasmus + subsidy scheme.
Internationalization is of paramount importance at Lentiz. For many years, Lentiz has been successfully using European subsidy programs for internationalization in MBO, such as the Erasmus+ program and its predecessors Leonardo da Vinci and Comenius.
Every year Lentiz applies for subsidies for international mobilities (KA1) in a consortium, together with several fellow agricultural schools (AOC’s). These schools are Wellantcollege, Helicon and Citaverde College With this grant, Lentiz finances numerous international activities within the vocational education: European internships and courses at international partner schools for students, but also international training courses for teachers.
The cooperation within a consortium not only aims at applying for the subsidy and practising international mobilities, but also at the implementation the EU’s sustainable development goals as part of projects. With its partners, Lentiz also carries out a joint financial administration, exchanges experiences and uses joint frameworks for the realization of the activities.
Besides the KA1- funds that Lentiz applies for within the consortium of vocational schools, Lentiz locations for vocational education and secondary education schools also cooperate with numerous European countries focussing on the development of school partnerships, strategic partnerships and the development of new educational modules. This too is (partly) financed by Erasmus+ within KA2-projects.
The secondary educational locations of Lentiz, as the vocational education locations, invest a lot of time in internationalisation of their students. These schools work with European schools on projects which support the EU’s sustainable development goals. It contains of activities which bring the students of the cooperating schools to the different partner countries. During this time they will learn about each others culture and values, obtain new social skills and work together to reach the goals of the project. These projects are all (partly) financed bij Erasmus+.
Because Lentiz and its consortium partners have demonstrated that these activities can be carried out sustainably at a qualitatively high level, we received the Erasmus + VET Mobility Charter in 2016, a quality mark, issued by the National Agency Erasmus+.
With the use of mobility funds from Erasmus +, Lentiz can finance international activities for approximately 130 students (approximately 10% of all our vocational education students) and 25 teachers annually. The Charter also provides Lentiz and its partners with advantages in the application of the subsidy funds. Lentiz is proud to hold the VET Mobility Charter and is working on further improvement of international activities in the MBO in the coming years!