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 member state outside the UK). The programme aims to improve employability and to build a skilled, mobile European workforce. 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. January-April 2016), please write to our Erasmus+ Outward Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 a first, second or third cycle degree student living or studying in Wales or a new graduate living in Wales. A ‘new’ graduate is someone who graduated within the 12 months before participating in the Erasmus+ work experience programme. New graduates must complete their Erasmus+ programme within 12 months of graduating. You will require at least good, basic foreign language skills for France and 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?
- Access to an on-line, tutor-supported language course before and during your time abroad.
- A work placement in the host country, which lasts 12 weeks – all costs for securing, managing and monitoring the work experience placement are covered.
- Accommodation abroad (usually in shared or host family self-catered apartments)the accommodation is found for you by our partner organisations abroad, who also secure the work placements and monitor the programme throughout.
N.B. You will have to pay for elements not funded on your behalf: flights and travel insurance, airport transfers, food, local travel and social life. In some destinations, an accommodation deposit is required. The work placements are not paid.
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.
and return it to email@example.com along with your CV. 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 (grant agreement). If your application is not accepted, you will be informed by e-mail.
When can you go?
Summer 2015 phase of Erasmus+ programme
Dates for this phase (12 weeks):
- Travel abroad: June 14th (Bordeaux), 21st (Barcelona), 28th ((Berlin) 2015
- Return to UK: September 4th (Bordeaux), 11th (Barcelona), 18th (Berlin) 2015
- Destinations for this phase: Bordeaux, Berlin, Barcelona
Autumn 2015 phase of Erasmus+ programme
Dates for this phase (12 weeks):
- Travel abroad: (Italy) September 13th 2015, (France, Germany and Spain) September 20th 2015
- Return to UK: (Italy) December 4th 2015, (France, Germany and Spain) December 11th 2015
- Destinations for this phase: Bordeaux, Berlin, Seville, Florence
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 would like to be added to our e-mailing list, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org