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Meet the Erasmus+ VET learners

European Commission - 22/02/2017

Meet the Erasmus+ VET learnersErasmus+ VET learners are varied and many. They are participants of all fields of study from across Europe who have completed a learning period abroad since 2014.

Through the programme, they gained valuable insight into different cultures and working practices, while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime. Read on to find out more about the demographics of the Erasmus+ VET learners, including which are the most popular host countries, and how students choose to spend their time abroad.

Each year since 2014, more than 100,000 vocational learners have been granted support to carry out a mobility period abroad. During a period ranging from 2 weeks to 12 months, students can choose to spend their time at a traineeship with a company, or in a vocational institution. Since 2014, 75% of VET learners chose a traineeship, while 25% chose to study. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive: 95.3% of the VET learners are happy with their experience.

So who are these participants? A small majority were female (53%), and the average age was 21. Participants come from all fields of study. From Polish students in Sanok studying mechanics, to German apprentices from KBS Nordhorn studying wholesale and trade. Germany, Poland, and Turkey sent the highest number of participants to train or study abroad, while the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain were the most popular host countries. The majority of learning periods abroad lasted less than 1 month, mainly due to legal and practical limitations regarding apprenticeships. New funding rules put in place in 2017 support longer durations.

Whoever they are, whatever they study, VET learners all benefit from an insight into a diverse culture and a different way of working, which serves their professional development and opens up employment opportunities.

Beyond representing an opportunity to acquire new social, linguistic and professional skills, European mobility is used by some vocational institutions - such as the Groupement d'Intérêt Public Formation Continue et Insertion Professionnelle Académie d'Aix-Marseille - as an incentive to fight school dropout.

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