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Traineeship placements

Are you looking for a traineeship placement?

Erasmus+ traineeships (work placements) provide you with an opportunity to test your career ambitions and gain vital work experience. Training abroad will boost your confidence, improve your language skills, enhance your CV and develop the employability skills that are in demand by employers worldwide.

It is usually the student’s responsibility to find a placement, however academic coordinators within your School or department may be able to assist you in finding or organising work placements. They can share with you how other students have been successful in gaining employment abroad.

Alternatively, the Erasmus Co-ordinators and the World of Work Careers Centre can help with traineeships/work placement opportunities in specific countries.

What are the requirements for a traineeship placement?

A traineeship placement should be primarily a learning experience and must encompass the following:

  • Host must confirm the placement in writing
  • Placement must be academically suitable and agreed with the student's Erasmus Academic Coordinator
  • Be in one of the 33 European countries that is not the student’s country of residence (i.e. the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). For a full list of destinations see the UK National Agency for Erasmus+ website.
  • Well-organised traineeships that assist students to acquire practical experience and add practical skills to the knowledge and qualifications that have previously been gained through either formal or non-formal education. The traineeship should assist to orientate students professionally and also widen students’ perspectives of the working environment.
  • Carried out under guidance of a competent supervisor and have clear evaluation criteria of the traineeship period. Participants should be informed at the beginning of their traineeship experience of their social and labour rights.
  • Must be a minimum of two months/maximum of one year

Please note that the following types of organisations are not eligible as hosts:

  • EU bodies (e.g. European Commission) including specialised agencies
  • Organisations managing EU programmes (such as national agencies e.g. British Council, Ecorys) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding
  • Diplomatic representations (embassies or consulates) of the student's home country (i.e. the country of student's home institution and country of origin or citizenship)