NORTH Devon College is looking back at 10 years of European work placement projects in a bid to give more students the opportunity to expand their skills by travelling abroad. The college has received just under £50,000 funding from the European Union to

NORTH Devon College is looking back at 10 years of European work placement projects in a bid to give more students the opportunity to expand their skills by travelling abroad.The college has received just under £50,000 funding from the European Union to collect feedback from young people who have taken part in the free four-week Leonardo da Vinci projects.Fourteen 16 to 18-year-olds are currently expanding their horizons in Sweden and Hungary.The college is now looking to hear from nearly 150 students who have visited European countries such as Sweden, Hungry, Iceland, France and Germany during the last decade as part of courses ranging from catering and motor mechanics, to beauty therapy and hairdressing."We are looking to contact as many past students of the college as possible and have sent out feedback questionnaires to find out their impressions and experiences of Leonardo projects," said research co-ordinator Louise Laing."We believe that these trips have huge benefits to those who have participated, both personally, and in terms of their career prospects."Whether you went on a project, had a friend who participated on one, or are aware of these projects, we'd like to hear from you."This is the only feedback research project of its kind being undertaken in the EU and we hope it will raise awareness of the opportunities available and encourage more people to apply for the funding."Anyone that has received a questionnaire is asked to return it as soon as possible. The results will be presented at a special two-day event being held to celebrate the project.Contacts from across the EU will be visiting the event to learn how the programme has benefited North Devon students.To contact Louise Laing, email llaing@ndevon.ac.uk or telephone (01271) 852364.