On 17-18 June in Brussels, 200 stakeholders came together at the European Commission conference "We Mean Business – Trainees on the Move" to share experience on traineeships abroad for vocational training and higher education students.
These traineeships are an increasingly popular option under the Lifelong Learning Programme, bringing skills benefits for both the students and the companies involved.
The proposed future programme for education, training, youth and sport offers many more opportunities for learners to undertake a traineeship in a company in another country, and the conference was an opportunity to share experience of how to make the most of this type of learning mobility.
The conference gathered a wide range of stakeholders working on transnational traineeships, from universities and vocational education and training providers, to Chambers of commerce and skilled crafts, companies, former trainees and Lifelong Learning Programme National Agencies, all sharing the goal of ensuring quality in transnational traineeships. Issues in the spotlight included the need for strong networks, both national and European, to help ensure the best match between the needs and expectations of students and companies, the wish for easier access to information and support on organising traineeships, and plans to build on the current Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci quality framework in the future EU funding programme.