Initiative Going Abroad Makes a Difference
Initiative Going Abroad Makes a Difference

More Opportunities through International Mobility in Vocational Education

Apprentices and students from vocational schools are underrepresented in international exchanges. It is often more difficult for this target group to acquire international experience and to complete an internship or parts of their education abroad than it is for high school and university students, for example. Therefore, currently only 4 percent of German vocational school students spend a part of their professional training abroad (compared to 37 percent of German university students). Therefore, these young people miss out on a life experience which may influence their life positively in the long run in terms of strengthening their personality, broadening their horizon and allowing them to acquire intercultural competence.

With its support program "More Opportunities through International Mobility in Vocational Education" the Robert Bosch Foundation therefore supported selected initiatives and projects that give impetus to mobility in European vocational training extending beyond the trainees and institutions directly involved. Until October 2016, funding could be applied for.

Contact at the Foundation

Maria Vogt
Phone +49 (0)711 460 84-126
Supported were vocational education institutions in Germany (such as companies that take on trainees, vocational schools, and other educational institutions) that implemented a project on their own or in conjunction with one or more German and/or European partner institutions. Up to € 5,000 could be applied for funding.

Examples of suitable projects:
  • Lobbying and PR work designed to promote mobility within vocational education in Europe
  • Measures that build on existing mobility projects to significantly increase their quality and broaden their scope
  • Specialist forums on best practice that result in tangible output (e.g. tools and instruments, relevant papers, handbooks) designed to
    • Illustrate exemplary approaches in terms of planning, structuring, and following up on mobility projects
    • Facilitate the recognition of achievements attained abroad (qualification and validation standards, recognizing nonformal and informal learning in different countries in practice)
    • Improve cooperation between the stakeholders involved, such as vocational schools and companies

Contact at the Foundation

Maria Vogt
Phone +49 (0)711 460 84-126
Unfortunately we cannot accept any more applications. The deadline for the selection procedure ended in October 2016.

If your project, supported by the funding program "More Opportunities through International Mobility in Vocational Education", and if you have further questions on the implementation of the project and on the content and financial closure of the project, please take a look at the "Assistance for Grant Recipients”

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact

Contact at the Foundation

Maria Vogt
Phone +49 (0)711 460 84-126