ectarc’s ERASMUS+ work placement programme
What is ectarc’s Erasmus+ work placement programme?
Erasmus+ includes the European Union’s vocational training programme. It provides work experience through a work placement abroad (i.e. in an EU memeber state outside the UK). The programme aims to improve employability and to build a skilled, mobile European workforce. The application process for the first phase of our 2015 Erasmus+ programme (March-May) is open and closes on Monday February 2nd. See below for details on how to apply.
If you would like to have your contact details added to our e-mailing list, so that you are automatically kept up-to-date on developments relating to future phases of our Erasmus+ programme (e.g. June-September and September-December 2015), please write to our Erasmus+ Outward Coordinator: email@example.com
Read on for further information on our programme.
Who is the Erasmus+ programme for?
To be eligible for any phase of our Erasmus+ Outward programme, you must be an undergraduate studying at a Welsh university or a ‘new’ graduate of a Welsh university living in Wales. A ‘new’ graduate is someone who graduated within the 12 months before applying for the Erasmus+ work experience programme. You will require at least good, basic foreign language skills for France or Spain, but placements in some fields are available in Italy and Germany for those without foreign language skills. You need to be a citizen of the UK (or of another EU member or EFTA state, provided you have the right to permanent residence in the UK.)
Where can you go?
Destinations include Bordeaux (France), Berlin or Hamburg (Germany), Florence (Italy) and, in Spain, Seville (for phases beginning in September, January and April) and Barcelona (Barcelona – June phase only). N.B. There is no destination in Italy for the summer phase.
What does funding for our Erasmus+ Outward programme provide?
- An induction week and intensive language course in the destination city (accommodation and language course are funded).
- A work placement in the host country, which lasts 12 weeks – all costs for securing, managing and monitoring the work experience placement are covered (total programme length: 13 weeks).
- Flight from the UK to your destination city and return (up to 275 Euros; travel insurance will be included if total cost does not exceed 275 Euros*)
- Accommodation abroad (usually in shared or host family self-catered apartments.)
N.B. You will have to provide your own personal spending money for elements not funded on your behalf (e.g. airport transfers, food, local travel and social life, *and possibly travel insurance). You should be prepared to have around £1,600 available for this.
At the end of the programme, participants receive a work placement certificate and Erasmus+ Europass Mobility document, which details the skills improved and acquired during their work experience abroad.
How can you apply for ectarc‘s Erasmus+ programme?
Fill in an application form, which you can download here (for the March-May 2015 phase only):
and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your CV in English. Applicants who choose France as their first choice destination must complete a French CV following this model: ModelCVforFrance Those for Spain will also need to supply a CV in Spanish following the Europass template (see below). ALL applicants for Italy and Germany must use the Europass template for CVs in English, or, if their foreign language skills allow, in Italian/German. Europass templates and examples of completed CVs can be downloaded by following this link: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions You will need to give an indication of your foreign language skills (if applicable) on your application form and CV. To do this, please follow the A1 to C2 grading system provided by the Common European Framework for Language (CEFR). You can download the details here: CEFR For Language Basic Details
What happens next?
If your application is successful at this stage, you will be asked to attend an interview and information session at ectarc in Llangollen or another interview centre in Wales, where you will also have an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the programme. Applications will then be sent on to our Partner Organisations in the relevant destination cities for the final stage of the selection process. We normally try to let applicants know whether or not they are being offered a place on the programme, within a fortnight of the end of the interview period. As soon as we receive confirmation from our Partner Organisation abroad that your application has been accepted by them, we will send you a confirmation e-mail and contract. If your application is not accepted, you will be informed by e-mail.
When can you go?
First phase of Erasmus+ programme 2015
Applications for this phase opened in December 2014.
EXTENDED DEADLINE! Closing date: Monday February 2nd 2015.
Interviews will be held during early February 2015.
Dates for this phase:
- Travel abroad: February 28th/March 1st 2015
- Return to UK: May 29th 2015
- Destinations for this phase: Bordeaux, Berlin, Florence, Seville
Do you want to know more?
From the ‘Erasmus+ Working Abroad’ tab, click on Destinations, Case Studies, Blogs and FAQs. Or read more about our participants’ experience working abroad in our current newsletter. Newsletter2014 If you require any information not covered on this and the associated pages, or to be added to our e-mailing list, please write to: email@example.com