Mobility of apprentices in Europe

The European network to promote, implement
and enhance learning mobility for apprentices



Information about VET systems and mobility in Europe

In the observatory you will find first national data about VET system (apprenticeship training) but also more general information on mobility. Mobility for apprentices is still an early phase in many European countries, the files focus on mobility for apprentices and highlighting schemes and links to organizations and institutions working with and promoting placement abroad for VET students. This can be information about private organizations setting up work placements abroad, not included in the national VET system, school stays abroad and other mobility schemes for youngsters. The collected information about mobility has been listed according to the following topics:
  • Who is concerned?
  • How is mobility organised?
  • Sources of funding / mobility programmes and initiatives.
  • Contacts/links
The information presented in the country descriptions are collated from the following three, newly (2011) published reports:
  1. “Study on Mobility Development in School Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and training”, prepared by ICON-INSTITUTE (2011). The study was commissioned by the European Commission and aimed at providing the Commission with an overview of existing learning mobility schemes, outside the Life Long Learning programmes and the Youth in Action Programme.
  2. “Education and Training for a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe, country analysis” (2011) is an EU Commission staff document with an analysis of the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training. The document contains country analysis in which mobility is one the themes.
  3. Cedefop – REFERNET. In 2011 the ReferNet, for Cedefop, produced country reports on vocational education and training for each EU member state plus Norway and Iceland. Each report contains sections dealing with internationalisation and transnational mobility.
More information can also be found through EURYDICE and EURYPEDIA , your gateway to European Education Systems and in the last report about APPRENTICES SUPPLY IN THE EU MEMBER STATES -from  Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit C3 - Manuscript completed in January 2012.