Leonardo da Vinci Programme is a part of the Lifelong Learning Programme and according to the European Commission it “enables organizations in the vocational education sector to work with partners from across Europe, exchange best practices, and increase their staff’s expertise. It should make vocational education more attractive to young people and, by helping people to gain new skills, knowledge and qualifications, the Programme also boosts the overall competitiveness of the European labour market.” The experience gained during the Programme is recognised by the so-called “Europass”, describing your activities during the internship abroad, but also the new skills and aptitudes you gained during this period working and living abroad. The duration of your internship has to be from 2 to 26 weeks.
According to the European Commission the Programme has three general objectives:
- To improve the skills and competencies of people and especially the youth in the “vocational training”. The aim is to promote employability and facilitate the vocational integration and reintegration via training and apprenticeship.
- To improve the skills of adaptability and therefore reinforce the technological and organizational capacities of people.
- To promote and enhance competitiveness and entrepreneurship by reinforcing the contribution of vocational training to the process of innovation. Also, the Programme aims at fostering co-operation between vocational training universities and SMEs.
According to the official presentation of the program, “innovation projects are a key element. They aim to improve the quality of training systems by developing and transferring innovative policies, courses, teaching methods, materials and procedures.”
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