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Jobs, training, opportunities & travel - what is out there in Europe?

How do traineeships and apprenticeships operate in Europe? How are they different to those in England? And how can you access these?

Article submitted by Lucy Sandford from Partnership for Young London, a Eurodesk UK Partner. 


Do you think that those jobs, training and opportunities in Europe are only for those who can afford them? Think again!


We have a game changing UK national policy agenda at the moment : 

  • Introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy  in April 2017
  • The Institute for Apprenticeships to be launched in April 2017 which will be an independent, statutory body, responsible for ensuring the high quality of apprenticeships in England
  • A target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020;
  • The New Post 16 Skills Plan Sainsbury Review: a radical overhaul to replace 20,000 courses with 15 high-quality routes by September 2022 which will primarily be delivered through apprenticeships.


So what's out there in the rest of Europe for young people from London? Have a look at the following website that will support you in the process:


EURES: The European Job Mobility Portal
Use the EURES site of the European Commission to access information on finding jobs abroad, and living and working conditions in other European countries. Here are listed contact details of EURES advisers in different countries.
There are actual jobs on here, and whilst you can’t filter on exact location in the country you can use it to find entry level jobs according to experience (including no experience), contract and permanent. 

Explore new opportunities to get a head start on your career. Plot your path to new challenges across Europe.  Promote your youth opportunities and partner with other organisations. Join the Drop'pin community, it offers the following:

  • Search through a wide range of opportunities that can boost your employability. 
  • Share your experiences and interact with other young Europeans and organisations that can help you.
  • Receive personalised opportunities on your Pinboard and follow the organisations that interest you.


Your first EURES Job
This initiative helps young people find a job in another EU country matching jobseekers’ skills with the employers’ offers and offering support and funding. Through Your first EURES job you can apply for financial support for a job interview in another EU country, Norway or Iceland if you are invited by an employer. 

  • The scheme funds language courses or other forms of training. It also covers travel expenses for young people applying for jobs or work-based training (apprenticeship or  traineeship),  paying to attend job interviews and settle in other EU countries to take up employment
  • Companies with up to 250 employees can apply for financial support towards the cost of training newly-recruited workers, trainees or apprentices and helping them settle in.

Chat with EURES Advisers
One of the most useful tools has to be that EURES has a human network of more than 850 EURES advisers that are in daily contact with jobseeker and employers across Europe.  Certain opening times apply. 

European Youth Portal
Information about jobs, entrepreneurship, traineeships and holiday work. You can find out more about the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme, the Youth Guarantee and European traineeships, among others. 

European Solidarity Corp
Aged between 17 and 30 and looking for volunteering or paid work experience? You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old. After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities. Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months.


The Time to Move website hosted by Eurodesk which can introduce you to the hundreds of possibilities through which you can go abroad and take part in an international project, explore Europe or gain experience you need for your future. 


Traineeships in Europe however can have a slightly different meaning to those offered in the UK. 


A traineeship in England is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months. You won’t be paid a wage while on a Traineeship but your work experience employer may be able to support you by paying for transport or other expenses such as your meals. Depending on your circumstances you could be eligible for financial support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund or for Discretionary Learner Support if you are 19 or over. 


In Europe traineeships can apply to higher education students and recent graduates – which can cause some confusion. This page has opportunities for both higher education students and recent graduates, vocational education and training students and apprentices for traineeships. 


There is a useful document which explains the difference between Apprenticeship & Traineeship Schemes in Europe. Traineeships vary much more widely in type, focus and duration (from short term work placements to longer term schemes linked to education).


There is also an Apprenticeship Toolbox which explains how apprenticeships systems work in fellow European countries. 


These opportunities exist now; some funding is guaranteed up until 2020. Post Brexit little is known about how this will all be affected.  However London is a global city; training, education and employment opportunities will continue to exist; and young people need to be equipped to operate and navigate this landscape to maximise their potential.  

Published: Wed, 21/12/2016 - 09:36

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