The European Graduate Placement Scheme (EGPS) is a project funded by the EU Commission to establish a work placement model for postgraduate translation students across Europe. Developed by a partnership of five organisations in the UK, Germany, Poland and Spain - Skills CfA, University of Salford, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Johannes Gutenberg, University Mainz & Pedagogical University of Cracow – the project will create a Graduate Placement Framework that can be embedded into any postgraduate translator training course to increase the mobility of students and enhance their employment prospects. The Framework will include: • a handbook containing guidance for participants, produced in four languages, interactive and online • curriculum models for universities • a database of employers and universities participating in the scheme • training courses related to work placements.
Erasmus Project - reference number 526808-LLP-1-2012-1-UK—ERASMUS-ECUE
The purpose of EGPS as an international project and consortium of five partner institutions from four different countries is to further cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprise, while stimulating mobility. Its overall outcome will be a placement model to be embedded into translation courses.
EGPS Handbook was developed in order to provide a comprehensive view on the project basic assumptions and goals. The handbook has an embedded monitoring system – each placement student will complete a reflective journal and portfolio. The portfolio will enable the HE institution to adapt their programme of study so that the work placement contributes credits towards the university course.
The structure and the model will be applicable in all EU countries. By using graduate placements in the workplace, it will enhance the links between employers and education, and will support the needs of employers whilst enhancing the employability skills of the students involved.