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Less widely known but equally effective, the Leonardo da Vinci programme supports all players in the field of education and vocational training.  

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Leonardo da vinci: vocational training


The Leonardo da Vinci programme is a continuation of the European Union programme for lifelong learning and training: that is, making the EU a centre of learning excellence in the world. It covers education and vocational training and all players involved in these fields.

Created to facilitate exchanges between training organisations in Europe, the Leonardo da Vinci programme also allows new training tools to be tested: in this way it supports innovation and the development of systems as well as teaching and training practices. The Leonardo da Vinci programme focuses on vocational education and mobility through work placements in companies abroad. This opportunity allows you to increase your skills and knowledge of the field in which you want to progress.

There are four aspects to this initiative:

  • Individual mobility projects: for internships, training and professional experience and the exchange of teaching staff.
  • Partnership projects to create exchanges between two companies for a minimum period of two years. This initiative contributes to the development of employee skills and lifelong learning.
  • Multilateral projects relating to innovation projects: the development and transfer of innovation within the European labour market.
  • Networks.

Who is it for?

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is aimed at: 

  • Students on vocational, technical and scientific courses,
  • Young graduates, 
  • The unemployed, 
  • All citizens of the European Union, EFTA, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

The peculiarity of the Leonardo da Vinci programme is that you cannot apply directly to the programme. It is the sponsors who put forward a proposal by completing a specific Leonardo da Vinci application form from the website.
Who are the sponsors? They are institutions and training organisations, research centres and organisations, companies and SMEs, professional organisations, social partners, local and territorial organisations, non-profit associations, NGOs and voluntary organisations.

Students on vocational, technical and scientific courses:

Are you an apprentice in an educational and training establishment, a student in basic vocational training or a college student? Then Leonardo da Vinci is the programme for you.
This programme aims to strengthen cooperation between the corporate and educational worlds. So, during your school years up to the Baccalauréat (first level National Vocational Qualifications) you can take up an internship abroad. This internship is an integral part of your course.

Employees, recent graduates and job seekers: 

Are you seeking employment, a recent graduate, or an employee (other than an apprentice)? You can take part in the Leonardo da Vinci programme.
You can take part in this programme as long as you are enrolled in an in-service vocational training course. You can then follow a vocational training course lasting between 2 and 26 weeks.
If you are interested in participating in such a project, details are available from European Job Centres.

Individuals working in education and vocational training:

In order to improve and update your knowledge of teaching methods and to develop your training skills, apply to the Leonardo da Vinci programme to introduce you to other teaching and training techniques. Spend 1 to 6 weeks with other people who do the same job but use different teaching methods. The exchange between trainers adds value for both the countries participating in this programme for teachers.
Your teaching or vocational training organisation or institution is responsible for arranging this training.

To find out more:

Website of the agency Europe-Education-Formation

Since January 2014, the Erasmus+ program brings together all European mobility programs.

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