Petroc Go

Petroc Go offers students the chance to spend two weeks abroad gaining valuable training and work experience in a European country. If you take part, you will not only get to experience life overseas and face all the challenges and fun this can bring, but you will return with more confidence and motivation, having acquired many life-skills that will set you apart in the UK and international job market. 

What will I get out of it?

  • The chance to develop personal resilience, confidence and skills
  • The opportunity to learn and connect with the European community
  • Develop communication, team working and problem-solving skills
  • The possibility to broaden your horizons and learn a new language
  • Gain maturity and independence through an international experience
  • Add something unique to your CV

Where does Petroc Go?

We currently partner with thirteen European organisations to give you many opportunities, from working in hotel and restaurant kitchens in Sweden to experiencing underwater habitat surveying in Malta. We also provide supported work experience in Spain and Sweden if you have learning difficulties and disabilities. In 2021/2022 academic year we are planning the following trips;

ActivityLocationNumber of students
Work experience in a winter sports resort Avoriaz, France 20
Work experience in automotive garages Barcelona, Spain 16
Work experience in business administration Barcelona, Spain 4
Work experience and learning of printing methods Berlin, Germany 15
Supported work experience for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities Huelva, Spain 8
Supported work experience for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities Katrineholm, Sweden 8
Supported work experience for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (Mid Devon) Chinon, France 6
Sports and fitness coaching Netherlands, Zwolle and Amsterdam 20
Work placements in tourist businesses and designing specialist holidays Szeged, Hungary 10
Forest School activities & outdoor learning, and work experience in schools and nurseries Stockholm and Mora, Sweden 30
Land-based habitat management and species surveying in the countryside Stockholm and Mora, Sweden 15
Work experience in hotel and restaurant kitchens Gothenburg, Sweden 8
Work experience in residential homes and wellbeing through outdoor activity Stockholm and Mora, Sweden 20
Tag Rugby coaching in schools Ramnicu Valcea and Bucharest, Romania 20
Work experience of underwater habitat surveying in Maltese waters Gozo, Malta 10
Working as a teaching assistant in a Spanish school Seville, Spain 6

Petroc continues to follow the Government advice regarding Covid-19 and overseas travel, this may affect the trips that we are able to offer.

How much does it cost?

Whilst you will be asked to make a small contribution, the majority of costs are covered by funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, which aims to boost skills and employability across Europe. Over the last 6 years we have secured over 3.5 million Euros to offer students this fantastic opportunity making Petroc one of the biggest colleges in the country for this kind of activity.

Further details

If you are able to join a Petroc Go trip then tutors will be speaking to you about it when you start at college. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have funding to offer the experience to all students in all vocational areas, but we will continue to look for opportunities that will benefit our students.  In the meantime, if you have a question about Petroc Go, email projects@petroc.ac.uk  or for more information on Erasmus+ visit their website at www.erasmusplus.org.uk.

Future Overseas Funding Opportunities: Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme will replace Erasmus+ and is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. Supporting the government’s Global Britain objectives, the Turing Scheme unlocks the opportunity to offer life-changing experiences across the world for Further Education & Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners and for Higher Education students.

We are consulting with Faculty staff in order to submit an application in April/May 2021.