PilotprojectA pilot project requested by the European Parliament and managed by the European Commission aims to test the viability of setting up a ‘European framework for mobility of apprentices’ to enable young apprentices to develop their skills and enhance employability, while strengthening their sense of European citizenship.

A call for proposals was published on 29 February and the deadline for the submission of applications is 15 April 2016.

This action will cover different approaches for putting in place the infrastructure as well as the institutional and contractual frameworks (e.g. developing the service structures for the organisation of travel and accommodation, language courses, learning agreements, practical welcome information packs, coaching methods, insurance arrangements) necessary to organise the placements of apprentices from departure to return.

The three main objectives that will guide the actions to be developed through the projects financed by this call for proposals are:

-Test whether sufficient demand and uptake exists among relevant stakeholders for developing long-term (6-12 months) trans-national apprentice mobility placement schemes.
-Identify obstacles (legal, practical, institutional, academic, etc.) that prevent apprentices from carrying out longer term stays abroad.
-Lessons will be drawn to disseminate good practices and success factors on long-term work placements for apprentices.

An information day will take place in Brussels on 17 March 2016.

More information here.