The Foundation for the Diffusion of Language and Culture Spanish, in cooperation with companies of the region and based on their experience on the management of students’ mobility programs, offers ALL AGES foreign students, whether University students, Further Education students, or workers who are currently developing their professional work, the possibility of carry out to period of practices in companies of the region, with the aim of professionalization and the work learning skills in our region, and in addition learning Spanish, thus combining these activities with Spanish lessons and complementary activities so that it gives a chance to students to learn about our culture.
The length of this program will be in between two and twelve weeks, depending on the needs of every participant and it will be carried out in Valladolid.
ORGANIZATION OF THE PROGRAM
The Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture will arrange:
Students’ transport from the airport to their selected accommodation.
Practices in companies for each student according to the professional profile of every student.
Complementary Spanish, linguistic and cultural immersion lessons.
Complementary activities such as trips to typical places within the region. (optional)
Monitoring and tutorial tasks on the period of practices, as well as a report on the final evaluation.
Final certificate / Certificate.
Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture Certificate.
TRANSPORT TO VALLADOLID
The Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture will be in charge of receiving the students in the established meeting point. Thus, the students will be in charge of providing all the information on arrival schedules, arrival point (airport, train station). The easiest means to arrive Valladolid is by plane, straight to Villanubla’s airport, or by train, at Campo Grande’s Railway Station.
Valladolid is located in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León, 180 Km from Madrid.
The access from Barajas Airport, in Madrid to Valladolid can be made through several communication routes such as:
High speed train.
Besides, the city is provided with Villanubla’s International Airport, weekly connecting with capitals as Paris, Barcelona, London, Brussels and Milan.
The Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture offers the participants different possibilities dealing with their accommodation:
Lodge in university students residences: Preselected by the Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture and close to the classrooms and work place. Full board is offered if the student chooses this kind of accommodation. The student will have to bring bed clothes and bath clothes.
Lodge in apartments: They are apartments close to the downtown, easily accessible by means of public transport and to working centers. The participant will have to share the accommodation with other participants from other countries (neither sheets nor towels are provided).
Lodge in families: The participants who stay in families preselected by the Foundation will have the opportunity to enjoy a complete linguistic and cultural immersion and will enjoy full board. In these accommodations, the Internet will be guaranteed. The participant does not need to bring bed clothes not from bath.
The program develops in different facilities, in parallel with the two main activities of the program: practices and Spanish lessons.
The students must consider that the selected centers possess a few rigorous conduct codes, as for clothing and behavior.
• a) Practices in companies TECHNOLOGICAL PARK OF BOECILLO
The Technological Park of Valladolid located in the municipality of Boecillo 15 kilometers from the capital, communicated by highway, located in the center of a 350 hectares of a dense completely environment friendly pine grove, thus obtaining a privileged surrounding.
Nowadays, it has a surface of 118 completely operative hectares.
The Technological Park of Boecillo is a reference of last generation industrial soil in Castile and Leon. The Association of Scientific and Technological Parks of Spain (APTE) itself has recognized this Technological Park as one of the first technological enclosures of Spain, as well as one of the most specialized on information and communication technology.
NOTE: Detailed dossier on information about Technological Park enclosed
• B) SPANISH LESSONS: LANGUAGE ACADEMIES IN DOWNTOWN
Our classrooms, academies, are located in the easy access city’s downtown, and provided with the most advanced pedagogical and technological means in the sector of the language teaching.
A preliminary exam to test the students’ level will be set in order to assign them to one of three different levels. Optional lessons on technical language normally used in the development of their different professional activities will also be provided.
At the end, a Language Level Diploma endorsed by the Universities of Castilla y León, along with the Foundation’s diploma will be presented.
PRACTICES IN COMPANIES
The student will send a detailed dossier to the Foundation, specifying all the details related to their résumé, preferences on working practices, details on possible diseases or allergies, etc. In addition, the student will also send an updated resume along with a cover letter.
All this information, gathered, the Foundation will carry out the selection of the best profiles required for every collaborating company. Before the beginning of the practices, the Foundation will have a personal interview with every participant, in order to introduce them to the job.
The Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture relays on the collaboration of several associates in Castile and Leon who will provide the participants with the possibility of achieving their professional practices in regional companies.
As for this, cooperation agreements with different Company Organizations are provided among these, the Castile and León Businessmen’s Confederacy, Family Busines of Castille and Leon, and the Regional Council of Chambers. The companies assigned to the above mentioned organizations offer posts in their working centers to students or European Union’s fresh Graduates who want to learn about new forms of work, thus adapting themselves to the new reality of world economics.
The wide range of cooperating companies allows the kind of participants, who will be received, to belong to different specialties. Among the most important:
Finance and Administration
Valladolid is provided with a wide business canvas distributed in several industrial parks close to the city and industrial areas with communicated by means of regular bus lines, with wide schedules and different lines which make the above mentioned areas easily accessible. The industrial areas are the following ones:
Argales Industrial Area
San Cristóbal Industrial Area
La Mora Industrial Area
The companies operating in the above mentioned Industrial Areas are working in different fields, including a high number of companies in the sectors of automobile industry, food and agriculture, Machinery Instalations, Company Services (maintenance, workshops, TV / radio, Business Activity, etc. .)
Among others, the following can be found:
• – Entrepinares Cheese Shops
• – Indal
• – Grupo Antolín
• – Cadbury Dulciora
• – Panrico Donuts
• – Thyssen Kroup
• – Iveco Fiat
• – Renault
• – North Group
The company receiving students in its facilities, will get the student’s Résumé and will decide if his profile adapts to its needs.
When the student is accepted by the company, a tutor / coordinator who will be in charge of monitoring the student’s practices, offering them the identical tasks to their professional profile will be assigned.
At the end of the practice period, the tutor / coordinator of the company, in coopration with the Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture, will set a final assessment on the practice carried out by the trainee student.
The Foundation of the Spanish language will offer a course on linguistic preparation to all the participants.
The lessons will be distributed on groups of 8-12 persons, organized according to the level of every student.
The courses will be organized according to the needs of the pupils and bearing in mind the sector on which the students will carry their practices out.
The courses will take place in between two and four weeks, depending on the needs of each group, and they will take place once the working hours in the company are fulfilled.
The cooperatingthe Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture’s teachers are specialized in Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching. At the beginning of the course, the students will perform a level test which allows teachers to organize the lessons.
Castile and León offers multiple touristic possibilities, both cultural and natural. Therefore, a series of trips and exits will be organized covering the region, being the participants able to enjoy our cultural and natural heritage.
During the participant’s stay, the possibility of knowing different cities of the Community, such as Salamanca, Segovia or Avila.will be offered. All these three before mentioned cities belong to the World Heritage.
Similarly, meetings among the participants will be organized in order to make gastronomic tours around the city. Castile and León is provided with a rich, important and varied traditional kitchen, as well as with a new kitchen of design, which nowadays rules in restaurants all over Europe.
MONITORING AND FINAL ASSESMENT
The Foundation for the Diffusion of the Spanish Language and Culture is in charge of making the monitoring of the participant’s permanence in assigned company, as well as sorting out the possible problems solving or contingencies that could arise.
To such an end, meetings with the participants will be organized, in order to confirm that they are made with the required amount of quality and with any student setback.
Along with the company’s tutor the Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture will be able to make a final assessment on the participant’s period of practices, as well as the final practices certificate in the company.
The Foundation for the Dissemination of the Spanish Language and Culture will issue two certificates:
Language Course Certificate
Practices in the company certificate, where the acquired competent and the functions carried out in the working center will be specified.
Each participant will have an insurance covering the risk of accidents and illnesses. It will be necessary for European citizens, to travel with the European Health Insurance card of their country.
For those participants who do not belong to the European Union, it will be necessary that they process a private Medical Insurance.