Traineeships are temporary learning experiences, typically from 3 to 6 months (in justified cased up to 1 year), usually after graduating but before your first job. In some cases, though, you may be required to complete a traineeship in order to graduate.
Apprenticeships are formal vocational education and training programmes in which you share your time between learning in school and training in a company or workplace. When you finish you receive a professional qualification.
This time is your opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained during your education in a real workplace setting. All traineeships should offer you exposure to an occupation, industry or career field, with a clear focus and speciﬁc project for you to complete. Your tasks and the expected learning outcomes should be laid down in a written traineeship agreement.
However, not all traineeships follow these guidelines – which is why the European Commission proposed a Quality Framework for Traineeships to Member States. Also, the European Youth Forum has drafted a Charter towards quality internships and apprenticeships.
Whether at home or abroad, in international organisations, public institutions or private companies, there are many traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities both in and outside Europe. For information on traineeships, apprenticeships and other opportunities available all over Europe, check out Drop'pin@Eures – the place for sharing European Youth Opportunities.