Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.
Under Key Action 1 organisations can apply for funding to run mobility projects. These projects enable organisations to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.
Beneficiaries are able to spend a period of time in another participating country gaining valuable experience of life, study and work with the aim of increasing the opportunities available to them in the future.
Key Action 1 covers the five fields of Higher Education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education and youth. It is important to note that target groups and activities for Key Action 1 vary by field.
The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.
This mobility project can comprise one or more of the following activities:
- A study period abroad at a partner higher education institution (HEI);
- A traineeship (work placement) abroad in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace.
To ensure high-quality mobility activities with maximum impact on the students, the mobility activity has to respond to student degree-related learning and personal development needs. The study period abroad must be part of the student’s study programme to complete a degree at a short cycle, first cycle (Bachelor or equivalent), second cycle (Master or equivalent) and third or doctoral cycle.
Traineeships abroad at a workplace are also supported during short cycle, first, second, third cycle studies and within a maximum of one year after the student’s graduation. This also includes the ‘assistantships’ for student teachers.
- Teaching periods: this activity allows HEI teaching staff or staff from enterprises to teach at a partner HEI abroad. Staff mobility for teaching can be in any subject area/academic discipline.
- Training periods: this activity supports the professional development of HEI teaching and non-teaching staff in the form of training events abroad (excluding conferences) and job shadowing/observation periods/training at a partner HEI, or at another relevant organisation abroad.
At IES Puerto de la Cruz – Telesforo Bravo we have been involved in students traineeship mobilities and staff training periods for many years both vocational training and higher education as part of the older LLP programmes Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci.
In the new Erasmus+ programme we are trying our best to continue offering both types of mobilities and we have been awarded, for the 2014-2015 academic year, mobilities in higher education for students and staff. Unfortunately, in vocational training, we are now in reserve list awaiting funding.