Worldwide stays abroad: VET establishments can prepare their learners, VET graduates, VET professionals or teaching staff at an international level. Those taking part in the mobility familiarise themselves with the work and training culture of other countries, and develop a path towards successful partnership beyond cultural differences. Besides language skills and project-related knowledge, they can also extend their learning about the other country. This creates lasting relationships between the learners from Switzerland and the foreign employers, which opens the door for further cooperation.

Innovation and added value for the Swiss education system at the center

Participating in the international pilot programme, vocational training institutions have the opportunity to expand their networks and cooperation beyond European borders, thus creating a dynamic working environment. This program therefore supports pilot projects that aim to establish long-term relationships with foreign countries and focus on the following two elements:

Innovation: the project is innovative in its content, its theme, its planning or its impact or the dissemination of its results but can also propose new features in terms of the form of the project, its partnerships, its structure, etc.

The added value for the Swiss education system: the project is part of the Swiss education system and makes it possible to develop it further. For example, by promoting the exchange and integration of different national language regions or by generating models replicable in other institutions.

Who is the programme targeting?

  • VET learners can complete their vocational traineeship or defined project work in a host company or host school.
  • Recent apprentices / VET graduates can start a work-related traineeship within a year after completing their apprenticeship.
  • VET professionals and teaching staff can do an exchange via further training, networking, project development or job shadowing.

Who can submit a project?

Vocational schoools, professional associations, cantonal vocational training offices, enterprises and other swiss institutions related to vocational training (public or private) can financially be supported by Movetia. Institutions can apply individually or as a consortium. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

What specifications are there?

From 2019 onwards, a two-stage application process will apply. Applicants must submit a project outline by January 31, 2019. You will receive our decision early March. If the decision is positive, you can apply for a grant until 31 May 2019.

What deadlines should be noted?

  • The deadline for submission of the project outline is 31 January 2019.
  • In the case of a positive decision, the applications for funding can be submitted using the application form. Registration closes on 15 May 2018.
  • The project starts on 1 September 2018. The project duration can be defined by the applicant and lasts between 12 and 24 months.

What support does Movetia offer?

Funding: Movetia assumes up to a maximum of 60% of the project costs. The cost ceiling is CHF 50,000 per year. The project must not already be funded by Erasmus+ grants. An existing agreement between the institutions taking part (schools / companies / other) is a precondition to secure funding.

Consultation: Moreover, Movetia is pleased to support establishments with regard to questions, from the inception of the project up to its completion.