Strengthening the Training Opportunities for InteRnational Youth
- Improve the accessibility and quality of international traineeships.
- Increase the awareness regarding the existence of such opportunities for youth.
This EU-funded project investigates the issues of accessibility, quality and recognition for both study and traineeship mobility programmes through a research study.
Therefore, STORY main goals/objectives are related to
- quality of learning mobility with focus on ERASMUS study mobility
- quality of placements and internships including ERASMUS placements and Leonardo Da Vinci.
In order to achieve these goals the STORY project:
- Analyses the impact and quality of training mobility programmes and survey obstacles and expectations observed by the main actors involved in training mobility (Students, HEIs, NAs and Hosting Companies/Organisations) .
- Disseminates different supporting information, create awareness and provide guidance and information via the project website.
STORY is an extended version of the successful PRIME project.
- 95% of students receive information about the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) or other credit systems and 82% receive it prior to the exchange period.
- 64% of all responding students have already received recognition for their traineeship.
Higher Education Institutions
- Around 93% of all institutions claim that they usually grant full recognition of all their students’ traineeships
- The main issues with recognition occur because the exact course catalogue and timetable of the receiving institution are not available when preparing the Learning Agreement prior to an exchange.
- National Agencies say they have tools and procedures in place to handle the problems with recognition at HEIs. They, however, say that such cases are generally rare.
- Organizations usually find their trainees when students apply on their own initiative (61%) with the help of their schools or HEIs (57%)
- 74% of the organizations say that they sign a Learning Agreement and they do it before the traineeship starts (94%)
- The final outcome of the research led to the creation of an online platform (Erasmusintern.org) which aims at enhancing students’ international opportunities on the European job market. A Final Conference presenting the project activities and results was held in Brussels in September 2014.