Win a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Competition for Sixth formers in North East England


All expenses paid visit to European Parliament in either Strasbourg or Brussels to take part in parliament’s Euroscola day for up to 24 Sixth Formers + 2 staff. The visit will take place in late February or early March and will involve two days out of school.

The weblink below gives lots of information about the Euroscola day.


Teams of up to 8 pupils can submit an entry. The party which ultimately travels to Strasbourg/Brussels may be made up of several teams from several winning schools.

Teams are asked to submit a poster which encourages young people to vote in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections.

The poster should be bright and bold and reflect the plurilingualism of the European Union. Entrants should also demonstrate an understanding of the type of decisions made by the European Parliament.

Each entry must be submitted electronically to by 22nd November 2013.

Full competition details are here

Competition for Sixth formers in North East England

VAR project – restoring heritage buildings – opportunities for Leonardo da Vinci

Aims & Objectives

Provide an up skilling of the trainers operating VET

(vocational education & training) for the sector and

downstream improvement of skills in the workforce,

with more young people being attracted into the sector

through enhanced, more broad-ranging VET that

includes ‘internationalisation’.

Project aims:

• To exchange relevant skills for the maintenance and

restoration of heritage buildings

• To increase the knowledge base for the sector

• To re-discover products and processes lost over time

within the UK

• To increase job opportunities within the sector

• To more successfully maintain the built heritage

• To develop job opportunities outside the

UK e.g. Europe

• Meet personal needs e.g. up skilling, gaining

new knowledge, accessing European ideas, job

security and expansion of working possibilities.

What you can gain from the placement

• Improve professional skills

• Gain some basic linguistic skills for host county

• Develop useful contacts for future partnerships

• Understand training and practice in VET in

another country (Vocational Education

& Training)

• Prepare for the practical, professional and

cultural life of the host county

• Gain better understanding of the requirements

of industry and the labour market of your host

organisation, field and country

For more information see ; leonardo 2013-14

Leonardo da Vinci placements from Italy



Hi everyone!
We are Valeria and Mattia. We are eighteen year old Italian students from Padova, a nice town close to Venice. We attend the last year of High School before University; we study foreign languages.
I (Valeria) am studying English, French and German, while Mattia is studying English, Spanish and Russian.
We are here in Durham for a three week working experience organized by the “Leonardo da Vinci” project, that gives the possibility to a lot of students like us to work in a foreign European Country for some weeks.
We work at Durham County Council at the International Relations Office: our main tasks are generic office works, such as writing e-mails, filling documents, making photocopies.
We also take part in the realization of meetings organized by our office, like the European Day of Languages.
There are other four students with us: two are working in Durham at Clayport Library, whereas the other two are working in Consett.


I love walking up and down in Durham, looking for little shops and typical coffee rooms, eating English products and discovering slowly English lifestyle. What’s more, I am looking forward to visit the cities in the nearby and meeting new friends!
I think that this is a wonderful life experience, because we have to live on our own, cooperate with foreign people and try to improve our skills and knowledge. We have to be confident and reliable, and this is not always easy. I hope to return in Italy as a better young woman, speaking better English, too. I am really excited to live the next weeks here!

I have to admit that I do not like visiting the city and walking up and down through the streets,
but I almost think the same things :I think that this is a great opportunity because it introduces us into the “working world”. We have a lot of responsibilities as we have to manage ourselves.
Being here is like a challenge: we have to face with a different culture and a different language.
I will try to do my best.

We are sure we will enjoy this three week experience here in Durham!