The Commission just published a brochure that presents a statistical overview of the Leonardo da Vinci programme's achievements from 2007-2011.
The Leonardo da Vinci Programme provides funding for learners and staff in vocational education and training (VET) to spend a period abroad to improve their competences, knowledge and skills, as well as for cooperation between organisations, sectors and countries to improve the quality and recognition of vocational training. In the years 2007-2011 about 375 000 individuals undertook training in another country. The programme also helped modernise and improve VET across Europe by funding some 1 700 projects designed to share or develop innovation in VET systems.
Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain were the top three destination countries for individuals taking a Leonardo training in 2007-2011, attracting between them 45 % of all participants.
Cooperation projects have had the biggest impact in the manufacturing sector: automotive, metallurgical, chemical, paper and pulp industries, automation, air- and spacecraft production.