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Monday 18 June 2018

EVC students enjoy Swede trip!

Maria Lambert and Leah Byrne with teacher Joe Flynn and Principal Iain Wickham at Koping General Hospital
Maria Lambert and Leah Byrne with teacher Joe Flynn and Principal Iain Wickham at Koping General Hospital

Pádraig Byrne

A total of sixteen students from Enniscorthy Vocational College made the trip to the home of Ikea, meatballs and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they took part in the Erasmus Plus Exchange Programme to Vasteras in Sweden.

The group completed a total of three weeks work placement in the Swedish city through the programme funded by Leargas. It aims to allow students to gain valuable work experience in their chosen area of study in a foreign country.

Following a series of interviews, students were selected from the departments of Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Pre-Science, Pre-Nursing, Business and Childcare.

Students from Carlsforsska Gymnasiet, an upper secondary school in Vasteras, had visited Enniscorthy before Christmas, completing their work placement and students from Slaneyside were welcomed with open arms for the return exchange. The exchange with Sweden has been in existance for the past ten years and has gone from strenght to strength. While January weather in Sweden can be very cold, often dipping well below zero, the Enniscorthy gang quickly learned to adapt to their new environment and the challenges facing them.

Principal Dr Iain Wickham said that feedback from students had been extremely positive as they got to grips wiht different work customs, cultures and traditions. It also proved an eye-opening trip for them, showing the level of opportunity that exists in Europe, particularly for people with qualifications.

While in Sweden, the students also got to see all the sights, visiting the capital of Stockholm and even attending a 'bandy' match, which is a lot like ice hockey. The trip was greatly enjoyed by everyone and Dr Wickham said he looks forward to continuing with the scheme next year.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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