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Leonardo da Vinci Programme: success stories

Do you want to learn from the success of others? Look at these project examples and at the compilation of success stories in Leonardo da Vinci pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) [2 MB] Deutschfrançais. If you have not yet decided whether you want to participate, it will give you first hand information from those who had a successful experience with EU mobility schemes.

Insight into food marketing to extend business abroad

This project put into practice marketing plans designed by students taking an International Commerce and Marketing vocational training course at the IES Zorrilla (Valladolid, Spain). To do so, they contacted the Spanish Institute for Foreign Commerce to find out about food and wine companies which intended to open new markets in Germany.

As a result, a consortium of five companies in Soria (north-central Spain) worked with the students in the development of the project. Other institutions in Castilla y León lent their support. The hosting partner for the three-week placement was the Kaufmännische Schule of Heidenheim. The beneficiaries were 17 trainees who were able to put into practice skills acquired during marketing training: international marketing, business English, computer applications, and administrative management and international negotiation.


A new international commercial network was developed by means of various activities carried out by the students: 500 "tasting" surveys in several hypermarkets and specialised shops in Germany, and a meeting with German importers at the Chamber of Commerce.

Helping SMEs to integrate foreign workers and to improve HR management

The project enabled and stimulated workforce mobility in Europe by matching the needs of the foreign workers with the company needs via specific ICT tools. The innovative approach consisted of promoting mobility not from the point of view of the employees, but from the needs and requirements of the companies.

The aim of this project was to develop a web-based platform to facilitate the integration of foreign workers, trainees and students into SMEs, help meeting their needs and those of the entrepreneurs to ensure a good working environment and to optimize human resources (HR) management. The ICT tools have been tested online and they are considered to be of high quality, functional and useful for the new context of work mobility in Europe.


SMEs, Chambers of Commerce and sectoral organisations were partners in this project. In this way the target group participated in the product development and testing of all the tools.

Picking up styles from across Europe

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The Austrian hair dressing salon 'Elite' has benefited from the EU's Leonardo da Vinci exchange programme. Several of its staff members have taken part in Leonardo exchanges and have returned to Austria with new ideas and skills from other European capitals. For example, five Austrian hairdressers went to London to work for a local hairdresser and returned to Austria with new styling skills. Some of them have now had the chance to put their new skills to good use as they were selected as managers of new 'Elite' salons - thus strengthening the 'Elite' brand.

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