70,000 vocational training traineeships being funded by EU in 2005

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is contributing actively to the emergence of a genuine European labour market, says Education Commissioner Figel.

“The Leonardo da Vinci programme is contributing actively to the emergence of a genuine European labour market in which the qualifications obtained in another country may be recognised at European level, while benefiting European citizenship,” says Education and Training Commissioner Ján Figel.

Taking part in the programme, which provides grants for people completing traineeships in another European country, are not just the EU-25 but also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

Almost half of the beneficiaries will be young people in initial vocational training spending between three weeks and nine months in a company or vocational training institution abroad.

Leonardo da Vinci also supports exchanges of experience between the vocational training sector and the business sector.

The popularity of the scheme was underlined by the fact that it was only possible to provide funding, which amounted to 120m euros, for 3,015 out of 6,000 project applications.

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