STUDENTS from Germany were welcomed to West Cheshire College’s business department as 14 students came to Ellesmere Port as part of an exchange project.
Students at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule from Ellesmere Port’s twin town of Reutlingen visited for two weeks to strengthen their language skills and to get an insight into the ‘British way of work’. During the first week, students had lessons in the college’s business department helping students organise their Christmas market event.
During the second week, the college organised work placements for all of the students with local companies as well as in departments within the college to help to develop their communication skills as well as get hands-on experience.
Renee Eaton, business tutor from West Cheshire College, said: “It was a great experience having the students visit us and spend time in our business department.
We learnt a lot from the experience and we certainly realised that they study in a very different way to our students. All the exchange students really valued their work placements. It provided them with a fantastic experience to improve their language skills as well as gain knowledge of a British workplace.”
Katharina Rilling, business tutor from Theodor-Heuss-Schule Reutlingen, said: “It was a pleasure for us to stay in Ellesmere Port and spend time at West Cheshire College. It was a wonderful experience for us all.
“Our students and teachers learnt a lot about project-based methods of teaching and we all improved our language skills.”
Students are planning a return to West Cheshire College in November.