Study and work in Europe, MEP urges youngsters

An MEP is encouraging apprentices and students to take advantage of an EU exchange programme that gives youngsters the chance to undertake work placements abroad.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England, is promoting the European Union’s Erasmus + scheme, which will create links between colleges in the UK and business in Europe.

As a result, students – including those on apprenticeship programmes – will get the opportunity to do vocational training overseas.


Opportunities for all

The placements will last between one and 12 months. Students’ travel costs, food and accommodation will be subsidised by funding, which the European Parliament has this week voted to extend.

Mrs Bearder said: “Being in Europe provides so many opportunities for young people. Hundreds of local students have benefited from the chance to go abroad, learn a new language and expand their horizons.

“This opportunity shouldn’t be limited to university students, it must be open to all.

“I’m urging all young people in the south-east to take advantage of EU programmes that allow them to study or train abroad.

“Going on a work placement overseas could help young people develop vital skills and stand out to future employers.

“This is another example of why being in the EU means more opportunity and prosperity for future generations.”

Between 2007 and 2013, almost 74,000 UK students benefitted from studying in the EU.