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German students’ International Work Experience

The Ellesmere Port Mayor, Cllr Meardon and Justin Madders MP welcoming the students.

Eight students from Reutlingen have spent the last two weeks working in both Ellesmere Port and Chester.

 The Mayor of Ellesmere Port,Cllr Meardon, and Justin Madders MP welcomed the students at a Cheese and Wine Garden Party.  Also, present were local Councillors, the former MP, Andrew Miller, and his wife, committee members of the Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group as well as other supporters of the Group.

The students are studying Business Management at a Reutlingen vocational college.  As part of their course they were undertaking a fortnight’s international work experience.  The placements included working in Ellesmere Port for Justin Madders MP, helping at Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Groups and learning about The National Waterways Museum where they helped at the recent Horses at Work event.

Felix Kuehnal working at the Boat Museum

Three students were in work placements in Chester.  Two students were hosted by Cheshire West and Chester Council where they attended meetings and had an opportunity to explore the newly opened cultural centre, Storyhouse, which greatly impressed them.  One student evaluated whether this work experience was worthwhile.  “Working in the Council’s HQ was better and more interesting than I expected.  I learnt how the Council/HQ needs to work.  I met different people and saw what they are doing and what their problems are compared to Germany”.

Marketing Cheshire hosted one student where she reviewed tourist literature especially designed for German visitors.  In addition, she was also able to spend a week in the Tourist Information Centre in Chester and during her time there met German visitors to the town.

Hanna Kimmerle working at the Chester Tourist Information Centre

The students were able to compare the differences between Germany and England including business practices and the organization of local Government as well as having an opportunity to improve their “perfect” English.  For some of the students it was their first visit not only to the North West but to the UK.  They enjoyed learning about British culture and meeting people as well as being entertained in English homes.

One student reported: “This experience has been worthwhile because I see the difference between Germany and UK in reference to the working environment and the normal life”.

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