Ms Alina Klassen, a 21 year old German student, completed a three week unpaid work placement with Corcoran & Donnelly Ltd at Castle Road in Dundalk this week.
This work experience placement forms part of her mandatory practical studies for her apprenticeship training relating to the business management career training programme which she is pursuing at the Hettich Furn Tech Company in association with the nearby Friedrich-List Vocational College, based at Herford in north-west Germany.
The purpose of this 3-week work experience placement in Ireland is to enable her to enhance and to perfect her ability to more easily speak and understand English language as part of her professional studies.
Alina who arrived on her own in Dundalk on 2nd July last, is the first of two students from her training college who have chosen to come to Ireland this year to enhance her English speaking skills.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Alina said: “Ireland is really beautiful. There it has rained a lot while I was here!”
Asked about the difference between the Irish and the Germans: “The Irish are more relaxed. In Germany you are at work mode all day, the Irish are friendlier.”
Another class mate, Mr Julien Madler, is scheduled to undertake his unpaid work placement in Dundalk from 8th to 26th October next. This is the first year that such students are coming separately and not together, the reason being that they will have a greater opportunity to communicate solely in spoken English for the 3-weeks while they are here.
Cllr. Eamonn O’Boyle has being organising these work placements in a variety of local businesses and their accommodation each year on behalf of Friedrich-List Vocational College at Herford since 1995, when he himself went on an EU guidance counsellors’ work placement exchange programme with the guidance counsellor working in the Friedrich-List College.
Their accommodation has been provided by Fáilte Guesthouse, which close to Hill Street Bridge and the town centre for these students, during their stay in Dundalk.
In their free time, Cllr O’Boyle, has also assisted visits to various tourist locations around the north-east as well as opportunities for shopping, socialising and sight-seeing.