Vocational education and training

Overview

Erasmus+ supports teaching assignments at vocational education and training (VET) institutions abroad.

If you work in VET, you can spend time teaching at another organisation in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

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

Duration

A teaching assignment must last a minimum of 2 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

Conditions

Before beginning your teaching period, you, your institution and the receiving organisation make a Mobility Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how teaching period 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

If you work in VET, you cannot apply for a grant as an individual. Applications are made by VET institutions who in turn select candidates for teaching assignments abroad from their staff.

The selection of staff to teach abroad should be fair, transparent and well documented.

If you do not work in a VET institution, to teach abroad with Erasmus+ you must be invited by a VET institution. For example, a VET institution can invite a trainer from a business from another country to provide training.

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 Part B for award criteria, eligibility criteria, and funding rules

The National Agencies can help with queries and applications.