If you have recently graduated, you may be able to benefit from a work placement in another European country. Leonardo Mobility funding enables UK organisations to offer work placements in other European countries and provide individuals with a unique opportunity to enhance their skills and gain valuable experience. Participants can be any age but must not currently be studying in Higher Education. Part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo Mobility aims to support UK vocational education and training (VET) organisations, staff and learners to work together with EU partners to improve training, skills and employability.
The placements can last between 2 and 39 weeks and be based in any vocational area in one of the 33 countries taking part in the programme: including the 27 EU member states; Turkey; Croatia; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Norway; and Switzerland. Leonardo Mobility is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and Ecorys is the National Agency which manages the funding in the UK.
How it Works
Each year, organisations apply to the Leonardo National Agency for funding to send their participants on European work placements. Individuals cannot apply directly to the National Agency for funding. If you are interested in undertaking a work placement you will need to apply directly to an organisation that has been awarded funding. Leonardo’s site also has a list of participating partners for you to take a look at, find out more here.
If you would like to find out more about the Leonardo programme and see which option best suits you, check out their website or get in touch with the Leonardo programme’s offices directly, where you’ll find someone happy to help.
They say: "One of our groups in Berlin recently made a great video for us about their experience. I think it’s really informative and gives you a flavour of the Leonardo programme and the kind of placements that are available." Here it is: