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Probably ‘that by 2020, up to 50 000 learners would benefit from longer duration mobility’ using a new activity labelled “ErasmusPRO”

It is very promising for our perspectives and project sustainability. Please read a short article by Dana-Carmen BACHMANN, Head of Unit VET, Apprenticeships & Adult Learning, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.

ECVET Magazine, 2017, No. 28

The new Skills Agenda invites Mem­bers States, social partners, the in­dustry and other stakeholders to work together to deliver on this vision by improving the quality and relevance of skills formation; making skills more visible and comparable and improving skills intelligence and information for better career choices.

In this framework the mobility of VET learners has a crucial role. Mobility is currently one of the most known Eu­ropean “trademarks” within the Eras­mus+ programme.

As announced in the Communication on “Investing in Europe’s Youth”, the Commission proposes to boost further the potential of mobility in VET by en­hancing the support for long duration mobility through the set up of a new activity labelled “ErasmusPRO” within the mobility action in the Erasmus+ programme.

This initiative seeks to contribute to the employability of young people through the acquisition of job specific vocatio­nal skills, and transversal skills, as well as language of the host country. At the same time, it will also support VET re­forms through increased internationali­sation of VET institutions and facilitating development of VET programmes that embed stronger mobility components.

The Commission proposes that this in­itiative has its own identity and budget allocation in the Erasmus + program­me, while at the same time being fully integrated in the programme and not triggering additional burden for poten­tial applicants that may be interested in both short and longer duration mobility. The aim is that by 2020, up to 50 000 learners would benefit from longer duration mobility.

Mobility can only happen when the­re is a clear agreement between the sending and the host institutions as to the learning outcomes that are to be achieved during the stay abroad.