European Projects

Studying in a different country can be life changing. We’re proud that we can help people to make the most of the experience. The College’s dedicated International and Partnerships teams form links with other education and training providers and employers around the world to enhance the employability prospects of our students.

The recent Erasmus+ funded EATAP project brought together a European partnership of Apprenticeship educators in vocational educational training, higher education and in private and public sectors to design an innovative transnational training model for Apprenticeships in STEM/STEAM/MINT sectors. 

  • STEAM – Lithuanian term for sciences, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics 
  • STEM – UK term for sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics 
  • MINT – Germany and Austrian term for mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology

The project outputs included a Train the Trainer course as well as a full programme that can be replicated by any VET organisation to deliver a successful three week European Apprenticeship programme that is accredited and recognised across Europe through Europass. 

Please visit the EATAP website for further details and see the testimonials below from those who participated.

“At City College I really enjoyed the naval engineering lesson and the project-based learning experience was a different learning experience to how I learn at KVK. Through this I have been able to use equipment like the 3D printer which we do not have at KVK, expand my teamwork competencies, improve my language skills and I enjoyed meeting new people.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from KVK, Klaipeda, Lithuania

“My time at the College improved my self-confidence and improved my English language skills. I really enjoyed the independence of living away from home for three weeks.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from KVK, Klaipeda, Lithuania

“Working with people whose first language is not English is actually not difficult and very interesting, the three week programme improved my communication skills and confidence to present in front of an audience. I enjoyed showing my project group around Plymouth, and planning things to do with them after College and at the weekends. I gained new friendships during the programme and have formed lifetime bonds with the other participants.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from City College Plymouth, UK

“The programme improved my social and communication skills and was a great opportunity to meet people from other organisations/educational establishments in Europe. I was also pleased to get to know other students at the college on different courses/classes that I may not have met under normal circumstances.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from City College Plymouth, UK

“During the EATAP project-based learning programme the trainers in the European Training Programme were appreciative in dealing with the group. I was pleased to work with different nations and cultures and liked my time spent at City College Plymouth.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from AVL List GmbH, Graz, Austria

“It was interesting to make a project with the EATAP programme using three different languages! I liked that we all worked together as a group on an equal basis whilst being able to bring in our own ideas as well.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from AVL List GmbH, Graz, Austria

“The three weeks in Plymouth improved my English and I learned to work with other people; creating new ideas in a group and learning from the whole experience to take back to the workplace.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from MVV Energie, Mannheim, Germany

“I was able to consolidate and expand my foreign language skills with new people who were from Austria, Lithuania and the UK. I liked the experience of project-based learning and the opportunity to work independently and to also work with new people.”

Higher level apprentice pilot participant from MVV Energie, Mannheim, Germany 

Learning through travel

This year, a group of business and engineering students returned from visiting MVV Energie, at their head office in Mannheim, Germany. The group helped to develop English language resources for the company which also operates the Plymouth incinerator.

One of the College’s engineering students commented: “I now feel more motivated to work hard so I can get a job that will allow me to work in another country. The MVV experience has also introduced me to the idea of Apprenticeship opportunities across the EU.”

Also, a City College hospitality student completed her travel and tourism course with five months’ immersive work experience in Italy. “I worked as a waitress at the five-star Hotel Vittoria, in a little town in northern Italy called Brescia. You learn the language so quickly when you’re out there living it every day. I was really thrown in the deep end, however, it’s a fun experience to grow up quickly! Everyone says how much more confident I am and it is really good experience for when I apply for cabin crew jobs. I can’t wait to do more travelling!”

These are just a few of the exciting places you could visit as part of your course at City College. 

To find out more call +44 (0)1752 305857 or e-mail 

international@cityplym.ac.uk