German Students Experience Life and Work In the North East

19 German students from a school called Stattliche Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule in Altötting, Bavaria will be spending 2 weeks in the north east getting work experience and visiting a number of the region’s leading tourist attractions.

The visit is taking place as part of an annual exchange programme, between the school and East Durham College, which is now in its 20th year.

All the German students will take part in an 8-day work placement in either Business Administration or Childcare.

In addition to East Durham College a range of other local employers, from the private and public sector, are helping to provide work placements including Seaward Electronics, The Peterlee Fire Company, Mecaplast Peterlee Ltd and Dean House, Shotton and Howletch Lane Primary Schools.

As part of the trip the students will also get to experience a number of the great attractions North East England has to offer. They will visit to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, The Sage, Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, the MetroCentre - as well as trips to Whitby and York.

Stuart Wesselby, Principal at East Durham College, said: “The exchange programme is a very important initiative to both institutions as it offers a wonderful enrichment opportunity for the students, a large number of whom will not have had the chance to travel abroad and experience different cultures.”

Staff from East Durham College will accompany 14 of their own students over to Bavaria in March at part of the return visit.