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The European mobility issue with Erasmus +

Laurence Farreng MEP at EDP Council

French MEP Laurence Farreng explains the importance of the Erasmus + programme in promoting the mobility of apprentices in Europe.

We all know about Erasmus. A mobility programme for students. Well no, it is more than that. Erasmus + is a mobility programme for all young people, whatever their course of study and even whatever their age, since they can go as early as primary school.

What I have worked on a lot within Erasmus + is the issue of European mobility for apprentices. Why do I do this? Because mobility, as we know, leads to employment. It enables the acquisition of new formal and informal skills: language, versatility, meeting new cultures. You come back enriched and therefore more employable. So Erasmus + is now a programme which has been doubled in terms of its budget and above all which has integrated two new categories of citizens and young people. Apprenticeship in particular.

Getting apprentices to travel is complicated. It is complicated because we do not have this culture in our companies and because we have many different ways of operating on a European scale. Now, with Erasmus +, long term mobility for apprentices is allowed, which means that grants can be given to young people who are eligible for these programmes. Companies must take advantage of this. The apprentice training centres have to take it up. And this is how we are going to build this Europe of apprenticeship so that, once again, more and more young people can go out and get trained, acquire formal and informal skills, acquire languages and adaptability for the world of work.

I myself am working within the Euro App Mobility Foundation to convince our company managers and the CFAs to simplify the whole system and to allow these long term mobilities in order to acquire new profiles, but above all because the European Union needs to put all these skills online for the ecological transition and for all the progress made in digital technology.

Read the full interview on the website of our French member Mouvement Démocrate