The Leonardo da Vinci programme links policy to practice in the field of vocational education and training (VET). Projects range from those giving individuals the chance to improve their competences, knowledge and skills through a period abroad, to Europe-wide co-operation between training organisations.
Part of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme, the programme funds a wide range of actions, notably cross-border mobility initiatives; co-operation projects to develop and spread innovation; and thematic networks. The potential beneficiaries are similarly wide – from trainees in initial vocational training, to people already in the labour market, as well as VET professionals and private or public organisations active in this field.
Leonardo da Vinci enables VET organisations to work with European partners, exchange best practices, increasing the expertise of their staff and respond to the teaching and learning needs of people. It therefore supports efforts to make vocational education more attractive to young people. By helping European citizens to acquire new skills, knowledge and qualifications, the programme also aims to bolster the competitiveness of the European labour market.
Innovation projects have always been at the core of the Leonardo da Vinci programme. They aim to improve the quality of training systems through the development and transfer of innovative policies, contents, methods.
Objectives in Leonardo da Vinci’s Framework:
1(c) to improve the interest for vocational training and education as well as mobility for individuals and employers, and to facilitate mobility in work placements
2(a) to improve the quality and volume of mobility for persons in education, initial vocational training and lifelong learning. Also, to increase the number of work placements to a minimum of 80.00 per year at the conclusion of the Lifelong Learning Programme.
2(e) to promote learning of modern foreign languages.
Objectives in the framework of the project MARTXAN:
To improve the employability of people who are not working, heightening their professional profile and promoting their adaptability to European labour markets
To heighten people’s employability, specifically the employability of women, and to strengthen their communication skills in a foreign language
Persons in the labour market (PLM)
13-week stays include training in the host country and a work placement in an enterprise whose activity is related with the beneficiary’s degree
Benefits for the participants:
The acquired competencies have been validated by host enterprises and the intermediary partner. Accreditation mechanisms have included: