European solidary corps – Jobs, traineeships

EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS TRAINEESHIPS AND JOBS

What are they?
As defined in the specific context of the European Solidarity Corps, traineeships and Jobs
provide young people with opportunities for work practice or employment, helping them to
enhance their skills and experience thus facilitating their employability and transition into
the labour market.
Such traineeships and Jobs projects can combine one or more of the following main
activities:

Jobs
Full-time work practice of between 3 to 12 months remunerated by the organisation
employing the Corps participant. Jobs shall include a learning and training component andbe based on a written employment contract, which respects all the terms and conditions of employment as defined in national law or applicable collective agreements, or both, of the country in which the job is being carried out. Jobs can take place either in a country otherthan the country of residence of the participant (cross-border) or in the country of residence
of the participant (in-country).

Traineeships
Full-time work practice of between 2 to 6 months remunerated by the organisation
responsible for the traineeship of the Corps participant. Traineeships shall include a learning and training component, to help the participant gain relevant experience with a view to developing competences useful for the personal, educational, social, civic and professional development. It should be based on a written traineeship agreement concluded at the beginning of the traineeship in accordance with the applicable regulatory framework of the country where the traineeship takes place. Traineeships must not substitute jobs and should be clearly separated from voluntary activities, both from a financial and organisational point of view. Traineeships can take place either in a country other than the country of residence of the participant (cross-border) or in the country of residence of the participant (incountry).

For whom?

Organisations
Any public or private organisation from an EU Member State can participate and submit
applications.

Individuals
Young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State. Young people must be registered in the European Solidarity Corps to participate in projects.

What is supported?
Travel costs, organisational support (support to participants, management costs), relocation allowance for the participants, linguistic support, inclusion support,  insurance, exceptional costs.

How does it work?
Projects will typically consist of the following stages:
 Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of
agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related
preparation of participants before departure);
 Implementation of activities;
 Follow-up (including the evaluation of the activities, the formal recognition of the
learning outcomes of participants during the activity, issue of the certificate of
participation as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).
There is no minimum requirement regarding the number of organisations involved in a
project. A single organisation holding a Quality Label can submit an application.
The applicant organisation can deliver the project by itself or in cooperation with associated
partners, which are not required to have a Quality Label. The applicant is accountable for the
entire project but can delegate responsibilities to associated partners. For cross-border
activities, the applicant will have to demonstrate its capacity to prepare participants in the
country of departure and provide support upon return.
The applicant will ensure that the following tasks are accomplished:
 reaching out to employers in order to identify traineeships/vacancies and to encourage
their involvement;
 selecting and matching of candidates registered in the European Solidarity Corps with
suitable vacancies;
 preparing and/or training participants before departure;
 ensuring that the participants attend the full Training and Evaluation Cycle;
 providing support for the learning process and for the identification and documentation
of learning outcomes, through EU or national validation tools;
 ensuring that the trainee or the job holder is paid based on the written traineeship
agreement or employment contract and in accordance with applicable national
regulatory frameworks;
 ensuring the fairness of working conditions;
 providing guidance and support to the participant during all the phases of the activity as
appropriate;
 drafting and implementing of a on-the-job and continuous training programme;
designing tasks and activities for the participants in line with the qualitative principles of
the European Solidarity Corps and the Quality Framework for Traineeships (if applicable);
 offering support to participants upon return from their activity, by assisting them with
job search further training etc.
The list of tasks is not comprehensive and will depend on the specificities of each project.
Young people express their willingness to participate in the European Solidarity Corps by
registering on the European Solidarity Corps portal. Organisations have to select the
participants through the database of young people registered.

How to take part?
Organisations from an EU Member State and holding a Quality Label for the occupational
strand can apply to the National Agency of their country. For 2018, transitional measures will
be applied, whereby the organisations will not be required to hold a Quality Label when they
submit the grant application. At that stage, they will be only required to have applied for the
relevant Quality Label. However, all organisations have to hold a Quality label before the
grant award decision.

Projects duration: from 6 to 24 months