Taking it to the next level with Traineeships and Jobs Projects

Posted on 18-08-2020
Diverse group of young trainees

Perhaps you have a volunteer who you think would be perfect to undertake a more formal position at your organisation, or you are planning to recruit a trainee or new employee for a social action project starting in 2021. 

Through Traineeships and Jobs Projects under the European Solidarity Corps, organisations can take their social action objectives to the next level. 

With the upcoming deadline on 1 October 2020, get inspired and find out how to apply for Traineeships and Jobs funding to help drive forward your organisation’s objectives in 2021.

Are Traineeships and Jobs Projects for you?

There are a number of benefits you can gain:

  • Raising the profile of your organisation: enabling young people to offer their skills and motivation to address societal challenges whilst also making a living can be the purpose of any organisation, irrespective of its legal form or sector;
  • Getting access to a pool of enthusiastic young people: a database is available where young people aged 18-30 years old have put themselves forward for these opportunities, so you can find the right participant for you from within the UK or across Europe. 
  • Funding: although participants will be remunerated by the organisation in line with national legislation, funds are available towards project management costs and mentoring costs, as well as relocation and travel costs for the participant;
  • Looking forward post Covid-19: apply by the 1 October deadline (11am, UK time) to start your project between 1 January and 31 May 2021 and increase your organisation’s provision.

UK organisations can apply and take part, whether they are public or private entities. Participants can be aged 18-30 years old – except for traineeships placements in the UK, which are available for young people aged 25-30 years old.

How Traineeships and Jobs compare to Volunteering

We have compiled a handy resource (191 KB) for those more familiar with Volunteering Projects so you can see how Traineeships and Jobs Projects compare, along with key details on project and activity durations. 

How Traineeships and Jobs compare to Volunteering

Any occupation, regardless of whether it is one requiring high or low-skilled workers, and regardless of the sector it belongs to, can be regarded as a solidarity-related activity provided the nature reflects a clear desire to commit to the common good and serve others

For more inspiration, why not check out videos from participants undertaking a Solidarity Corps Traineeship and a Job placements talking about their experience and their roles?

From our dedicated webpage, you can download a planner to map out your project idea. You will need to obtain a relevant accreditation beforehand called the Quality Label in order to apply for funding under this action – there’s still time to apply and get support for this! 

European Solidarity Corps in a nutshell: find out the funding available on the next deadline


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