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Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion - Call European framework for mobility of apprentices

The European Commission has published a new call for proposals under the Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (EaSI) programme. The call 'A European framework for mobility of apprentices: Developing European citizenship and skills through youth integration in the labour market' has a budget of 1,800,000 available. Deadline for the submission of applications is April 15, 2016. 
 
This action covers a Pilot Project requested by the European Parliament to the Commission for implementation. The indicative amount for each grant will be between € 100,000 and € 200,000.
 
The ultimate goal of this call will be to enable young apprentices to develop their skills and enhance employability prospects, whilst also strengthening their sense of European citizenship. This will be done by testing different approaches for putting in place the infrastructure as well as the institutional and contractual frameworks (e.g. developing the service structures for the organisation of travel & accommodation, language courses, learning agreements, practical welcome information packs, coaching methods, insurance arrangements) necessary to organise the placements of apprentices from departure to return.
 
Three main objectives will guide the actions to be developed through the projects financed. Firstly, these will set out to test whether sufficient demand and uptake exists among relevant stakeholders for developing long-term (6-12 months) trans-national apprentice mobility placement schemes. Secondly, projects will seek to identify obstacles (legal, practical, institutional, academic…) that prevent apprentices from carrying out longer term stays abroad. Finally, lessons will be drawn to disseminate good practices and success factors on long-term work placements for apprentices.
 
An information day for potential interested applicants will be held in the premises of the European Commission on March 17 in Brussels. Should you wish to participate, please send an email by March 10, 2016 to empl-vp-2016-010@ec.europa.eu.

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