Leonardo da Vinci programme

Job1_leo_180x67The Leonardo da Vinci programme funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. Initiatives range from those giving individuals work-related training abroad to large-scale co-operation efforts.

Part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, this programme funds many different types of activities of varying scales. These include ‘mobility’ initiatives enabling people to train in another country, co-operation projects to transfer or develop innovative practices, and networks focusing on topical themes in the sector.

The people able to benefit from the programme range from trainees in initial vocational training, to people who have already graduated, as well as VET professionals and anyone from organisations active in this field.

Leonardo da Vinci enables organisations in the vocational education sector to work with partners from across Europe, exchange best practices, and increase their staff’s expertise. It should make vocational education more attractive to young people and, by helping people to gain new skills, knowledge and qualifications, the programme also boosts the overall competitiveness of the European labour market.

Innovation projects are key to the programme. They aim to improve the quality of training systems by developing and transferring innovative policies, courses, teaching methods, materials and procedures.

The Leonardo da Vinci programme funds several types of projects (“actions”) related to vocational education and training.


‘Mobility’ actions enable people to travel abroad to have a learning or training experience. There are various types like People in Initial Vocational Training (IVT), People in the labour market (PLM) or mobility certificates.


Organisations working in the vocational education and training sector from different European countries can work together in various types of small-scale partnerships.

Multilateral projects

These are larger-scale actions, with organisations from different countries working together to develop working practices in the vocational education and training sector like “Development of innovation” or “transfer of innovation”.

Here you find all information on “how to apply for projects funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme”.


More up to date educational events dealing with “Lifelong Learning” can be found online on the Education Database »medicine & health«.

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