Wednesday, 30 March 2016

TRAIN – Training in Europe for a sustainable development of the local areas | Erasmus Plus KA1 for VET

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In March 2016 we had a pleasure to receive the second round of students from our Italian partners who arrived as part of their Erasmus Plus Key Action 1 Mobility. (You can read about the 1st group in our February post). Their project – TRAIN is aimed at promoting training in all aspects as the best way of helping youngsters and increasing their chances of successful future career. The project put emphasis on widening horizons, gaining understanding of another culture and experiencing employment for the first time. The participants were accompanied by their teachers – Elisa and Tiziano who were their main point of contact and helped to arrange group activities in the group’s spare time. The teachers also visited the work placements and spoke to all host companies and their students. We would like to thank Elisa and Tiziano for taking such great care of their students and for their positive attitude and friendly approach, they were both a joy to work with.
The tasks met my expectations. I learnt new things and improved my knowledge of information technology. I used tablet and computer to make videos and take pictures . I shared them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I would work for them again, they were very friendly and available if I had any problems.  The services provided by Almond were good, the work placement was great and the accommodation very good. I would recommend it to everyone I know.
Francesca about her Erasmus Plus mobility work experience
From Francesca’s Reference letter written by Penny, her work placement supervisor:
She proved to be most knowledgeable in all things ‘IT’ & helped us to bring our social media marketing into the 21st century! Whilst here she approached every task with enthusiasm & confidence, while showing both Peter & myself how to do the following:
• Create short videos & upload them to all the social media platforms.
• Use ‘Canva’ to create vouchers, postcards etc for social media marketing.
• Take photographs and use them in the ‘correct’ way, for marketing.
• Created an email campaign on ‘Mail Chimp’ & uploaded all the previously collected data.
Francesca’s time with us was invaluable, as she was able to work on her own initiative & we wouldn’t hesitate in having her back, at any time!
Thank you so much for introducing her to us.
Penny  about Francesca’s time with her company

  • arrange full board host family accommodation in shared rooms
  • arrange B&B accommodation for the accompanying teacher
  • find suitable work experience placements for 10 trainees
  • arrange airport transfer
  • meet and great service in Plymouth
  • organise local transport for the group
  • book cultural trips to Eden Project and National Marine Aquarium
  • monitor the student’s progress via 1:1 appointments
  • liaise with the accompanying teacher on all subject matters
  • provide assistance for the teacher and students
  • arrange work placements visits for the accompanying teacher
  • provide effective 24/7 support and advice to all the participants
  • complete all the necessary documentation
  • award with a certificate upon completion

The tasks met my expectations and I would like to work for this organisation again . It has been a wonderful experience, they gave me a lot of responsibilities and I made a variety of administration tasks including general office work, website work and customer services. My colleagues were very kind and understanding.
Miriana about her Erasmus Plus mobility work experience
The group undertook a variety of placements in Plymouth, starting from office clerical jobs, retail, IT and Social Media Management. All students were escorted to their host companies and introduced to placement supervisors on their first day. On week two, we arranged visits to all the work placements and escorted the teachers to their appointments

Yes, the tasks met my expectations. I learned a lot of new things  and improved my knowledge of office software. I liked this organisation and the people who worked there, they were kind and understanding. My host family was very nice and kind, the food was good and the portion sizes were right. The services, work placement and accommodation provided by Almond were satisfying so I would recommend this organisation to others. I really enjoyed this experience.
Paola S about her Erasmus Plus mobility work experience 
As a part of the package, we were also responsible for arranging cultural excursions for the group.Almond Vocational Link booked an escorted trip to Eden Project and a visit at National Marine Aquarium, apart from that, the group was also able to join our other Italian students for their trip to St Michael’s Mount and the charming St. Ives. As a part of social program, we arranged a traditional Pub Quiz evening and a Bowling Nights, both events were enjoyed by many and were a great opportunity for the students to get together, interact more and have fun!

This was a very unique opportunity for all the students to explore a new culture, improve their English, experience the working environment for the first time and become more independent and responsible . We are very proud of what they have all achieved whilst here and how well they have represented their country through their excellent work ethic and positive approach. At the end of their stay, Almond Vocational Link awarded the participants with a well deserved Certificate of Completion. This is yet another success story showing how beneficial Erasmus Plus is for both trainees and local companies here in Plymouth. The feedback received from hosting companies was excellent! We wish all the participants best of luck in their future careers.
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

We are hiring!

We currently have a temporary part-time vacancy for a Work Placement Coordinator. This post is a 16 hours per week contract with a very flexible working pattern. You will be required to cover  sick leave for a period of 2-3 months with a chance of this becoming a permanent position in the future if successful.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

New Competition

Take a peak at the new competition we have just launched on Almond Vocational Link's website!

It's open to all EU residents who have taken part or are currently taking part in the Erasmus Plus here in the UK. Whether you are a student or VET professional who recently visited the UK as a part of KA1 staff mobility, we would love to hear from you. What where the highlights of your stay?

Write your article in a "TOP 10" format and email it to for your chance to win a £30 online shopping voucher for a chosen store in the country of your residence.  
Download your entry form and get creative! Chosen articles will be published on our website and the winner will be announced on our website and social media channels on 07/09/2015.

Please read full terms and conditions:

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Our Recent Work Experience Group From Italy In Their Local Press | Professional Internship in Plymouth UK

Many thanks to Mrs Filena Spadavecchia for sending this scan of an article that appeared in Italian press recently. It's about the lovely students and teachers from the Olivetti school in Monza, Italy whom we hosted in Plymouth over the Easter Holidays! Please read the article translated into English here

This hard working and very enthusiastic group of young people came to Plymouth, UK for a 2 week work experience placement and English Language Training all organised by Almond Vocational Link. 
They all worked within catering and hospitality sector in order to gain invaluable hands on, practical experience and improve their English. 

Please read the full report on this project here

Monday, 23 February 2015

Plymouth Language Cafe - British Poetry Evening 19/02/2015

Many thanks to all who attended our last week's Language Cafe - British Poetry Evening. 

This special event was organised in collaboration with our partner PCQ Arts. Our guests were able to listen to Plymouth's Poet Laureate Michael Sullivan, Martin Perry and PCQ Art's Peter Davey. It was a wonderful evening, full of reflection as well as laughter.We would like to thank all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Special thanks to all involved in organising this successful event. 

Please visit our website to see all the photos from this event 

Language Cafe - British Poetry Evening 

Language Cafe on Facebook 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Poetry Evening - Language Cafe

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement. – Christopher Fry

Join us for our special Language Cafe Event - an evening of British Poetry. We invited some very special guests who would like to share some of their favourite pieces by British poets as well as introduce you to their own work. 

If you are a keen writer yourself, please don't be shy, we would love to hear your own poems too. For those of you who are looking for some guidance and poetry tips, there will be an opportunity to speak to Plymouth's famous - Martin Perry. This event is organised in collaboration with PCQ Arts 

Refreshments will be provided.
To book your spot, please contact Gabriele

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

8th Anniversary of Almond Vocational Link Plymouth

This January we have a very good reason to celebrate, it has been just over 8 years since Almond Vocational Link opened it's doors for the first time.

Since then we have met hundreds of wonderful students, work placement providers and host families. We have also managed to gather a great team of individuals who work very hard every day to ensure that everything runs smoothly. You can find out more about them all here 

It has been a very successful 8 years for Almond, our Plymouth English Language School has grown and is now offering courses for local foreign speakers. We established a new Plymouth Language Cafe which helps foreign speakers to improve their English and enables them to integrate better. 

In the near future we are hoping to build on this experience and expand our English Language services even further with a new business venture coming in 2015. 

We would like to sincerely thank you all for supporting us over the years and continuing to name Almond Vocational Link your preffered KA1 and KA2 Erasmus+ project partner for the UK. 

If you are seeking UK partner to work with on your Erasmus+ KA1 or KA2 project, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our European Project Manager Mrs Janet Wonnacott  is always happy to answer your inquiries. Please take a look at some of the projects we took part in and don’t forget to read the Testimonials left by our project partners, students and University Erasmus+ Coordinators.

To find out more about our services please visit our website