Doing work experience abroad is definitely a plus point for your CV. 3 companies out of 4 are particularly interested in applicants who have had experience abroad because they tend to be open-minded, resourceful and capable of working on their own.
Programmes and organisations offer a number of national and European grants enabling you to do an internship with a European enterprise during your studies: Erasmus+, regional grants etc.
The conditions for obtaining these grants can vary according to your level of studies and your situation.
- If you are still at school or an apprentice, the work experience is part of your study path and will be validated as part of your diploma and you will obtain a Mobility Europass
- If you’re a jobseeker, the work experience will enhance your CV thanks to Mobility Europass and will definitely be a plus point in the eyes of potential employers.
N.B.: you should find out about the administrative formalities as early as possible as well as where you can go, the cost of living, travel etc. Grants never cover all the costs linked to mobility!
Apprentices, pupils following professional training, jobseekers
The European programme Erasmus+ : Leonardo da Vinci is designed with you in mind!
If you’re an apprentice or still at school, you should contact your training establishment to find out whether they are part of the programme.
Work experience can vary in length (from 2 weeks to 12 months). You keep the same status, your salary (for apprentices), your social security and you benefit from a Erasmus+ grant. This grant covers travel, accommodation and insurance costs.
The work experience is recognised as being part of your training path. It is usually organised by your establishment (apprenticeship centre or school) which helps you find a host enterprise and accommodation, and manages the financial aspects of the project.
The Eurodyssey exchange programme is available in some European regions and helps young jobseekers to have work experience in Europe.
Contact your apprenticeship centre, school or job centre for further information.
A mobility passport for apprentices
A mobility passport for apprentices in Europe, has been set up by all countries. It is a precious source of information and assistance for everything you need to do before leaving.
Students in higher technical education, vocational degrees etc.
The Erasmus+ programme is designed to you
This year, the European Erasmus+ (previously known as « Erasmus ») mobility programme is celebrating 25 years of existence. It is best known for Erasmus+ : Study Mobility, which gives students the opportunity (from their 2nd year) to go and study abroad for between 3 and 12 months in a partner university. Less well-known is Erasmus+ : Work Placement which gives young people in higher technical studies or vocational degrees the opportunity of working in a business for 2 to 12 months in 31 countries. This option is available from the first year of studies.
Students don’t have to pay any additional registration fees. The work placement is taken into account to obtain the diploma through ECTS credits. The average amount of the Erasmus grant varies according to the host country. It may be accumulated with a grant and financial aid allocated by some local and regional government organisations.
- Manage your budget carefully: Erasmus+ grants are paid in one block.
- Prepare your mobility by improving your language skills before leaving. This preparation may be organised by your training Institute before you leave.