Vocational education and training

Overview

Erasmus+ supports the professional development of people working in vocational education and training (VET) through training periods abroad.

Training periods can be work placements or job shadowing or observation periods at a VET institution or another relevant organisation based in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

Examples of such organisations include businesses, public bodies, social partners, research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

Duration

A training assignment must last a minimum of two days and cannot last more than two months. This excludes travelling time.

Conditions

To train abroad with Erasmus+, your institution must be part of a VET mobility project with another institution or organisation.

Before beginning your training, you, your institution and the receiving institution or organisation make a Mobility Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how your training will be formally recognised.

Financial support

EU grants are designed to cover your costs for travel and subsistence during your time abroad, as well as offering organisational support to participating institutions.

Though EU-funded, grants are managed by the VET institutions involved and they are responsible for making payments to individuals.

How to apply

You cannot apply for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by VET institutions who in turn select candidates for training assignments abroad from their staff.

The selection of staff for training periods abroad should be fair, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

Contact your VET institution to find out if these opportunities are available to you.

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide also offers detailed information on these opportunities:

  • Consult Section B for award criteria, eligibility criteria, and funding rules

The National Agencies can help with queries and applications.