Mobility of apprentices in Europe

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Basic information about mobility of apprentices in Iceland


Who is concerned?

Mobility as a part of VET is not very common. Several reasons can be detected for this:
  • it is expensive to travel to another country and live there for a while;
  • it is difficult to find studies which are an exact match to the Icelandic pathway, thus allowing a direct transfer of credits;
  • training abroad can delay graduation as students will while they are away miss tuition on some subjects taught in Iceland.
The Leonardo da Vinci programme has been very popular in Iceland. There was however a drastic drop in the interest of students and teaching professionals in 2006 and 2007 (contractual year 2006), due to the economic boom Iceland went through at the time. Since then, interest has been growing again. Nordplus is a programme which covers the Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Aaland) and Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Schools (including VET schools) can apply for funding for a group of students, accompanied by a teacher, to study in another country for 1-3 weeks.

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