Working abroad


STOP PRESS!! In 2014 the Leonardo programme is being replaced by Erasmus+.
ectarc has secured both EU and domestic (Welsh Government) funding to support running this programme in 2015. More news to follow when programme details are available. WATCH THIS SPACE!!
Meanwhile, if you would like to receive updates and news on application deadlines as soon as they happen, just click this link to send an e-mail to Jane Trudgill, ectarc's Erasmus+ Outward Co-ordinator:

LEONARDO - the final phase of this programme wil run from Setember to dece,ber 2014. Applicaitons closed in May.

Do you have a degree? Finding it hard to get employment because employers want experience? APPLY NOW for the opportunity to gain valuable, funded work experience abroad.

Our Leonardo Outward programme, which is three months long, enables participants from Wales to study a language and undertake a work experience placement in another EU member state. It is funded by the EU and HEFCW and promoted in partnership by GO Wales and ectarc.

Who is this programme for?

To be eligible for any phase of our Outward programme, you must be a graduate living, working or studying in Wales. You will require at least good basic foreign language skills for France or Spain, but placements in some fields are available in Italy and Germany for those without foreign language skills. You need to be a citizen of the UK (or of another EU member or EFTA state, provided you have permanent resident status in the UK).  

Where can you go?

Destinations include Bordeaux (France), Berlin or Hamburg (Germany), Florence (Italy) and, in Spain, Seville (for phases beginning in September, January and April) and Barcelona (Barcelona - June phase only).  N.B. There is no destination in Italy for the summer phase.

What does our Outward programme include?

  • An induction week and intensive language course at our headquarters in Llangollen (accommodation, food allowance and language course are funded).
  • A language course in the host country, which lasts 3 weeks.
  • A work placement in the host country, which lasts 10 weeks (total programme length - 14 weeks).
  • Most travel costs are included. 
  • Accommodation abroad is included and is usually in shared self-catering apartments (with a food allowance of 70 Euros per week). Bordeaux operates a family hosting scheme.
    Remember: you will need to bring personal spending money with you for your social life.

There is a table showing which elements of the programme are funded, under 'Downloads - Applications'. N.B. You will have to provide your own personal spending money for elements not funded on your behalf. You should be prepared to have around £800 to £900 available for this.


City & Guilds ‘Professional Development Award’
This forms part of the certification for ectarc's Leonardo programme, which also includes a language course certificate, work placement certificate and Leonardo ‘Europass’ Mobility certificate. Here’s a link to further information on the ‘PDA’, which is Level 4 award from a globally recognised brand and will be a great addition to your CV:

The ‘PDA’ fits in neatly with the Leonardo programme: both the time-scale and activities undertaken on a typical work placement lend themselves to completing it easily and successfully. Here is what one of ECTARC's 2013 participants said about the PDA:
'the City & Guilds Professional Development Award is a great way to note down and review your own progress; it has been the cherry on the cake. It is something I'm glad I've completed, and hopefully will have gained the award to add to my CV with pride'.
You can read her account in full on the Recent Case Studies page. Every person who undertakes the award has a mentor at GO Wales who contacts them via e-mail to introduce themselves. If you wish to ask any questions beforehand or find out more, you can e-mail Janet George or take a look at

How can you apply for ectarc's Leonardo programme? 

Fill in an application form (available under 'Working Abroad', ' Downloads-Applications') and return it to along with your CV. If your application is successful at this stage you will be asked to attend an interview and information session at ectarc in Llangollen, where you will also have an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the programme. Applicants for France or Spain will also need to supply a CV in French or Spanish (model/template available on the 'Downloads - Applications' page) and ALL applicants for Italy and Germany must use the Europass template for CVs in English or Italian/German if your foreign language skills allow. See 'Downloads - Applications' for all templates or follow this link for templates in English, German, Spanish and Italian:  We normally try to let applicants know within a fortnight of the end of the interview period whether or not they will be offered a place on the programme. As soon as we receive confirmation from our Partner Organisation abroad that your application has been accepted by them, we will send you a confirmation e-mail and contract. If your application is not accepted, you will be informed by e-mail.

When can you go?

June-September 2014
Applications for this phase closed on Monday March 10th 2014
Interviews were held during March 2014.
Dates for this phase
Travel abroad: June 14th/15th 2014
Return to UK: September 12th 2014.
Destinations: Bordeaux, Barcelona, Berlin and Hamburg.

September-December  2014
Applications for this phase closed on Monday May 19th. 
Interviews wiere held during June 2014.
Dates for this phase
Travel abroad: Seville and Berlin: August 30th/31st. Florence and Bordeaux: September 6th/7th 2014
Return to UK: Seville and Berlin: December 5th. Florence and Bordeaux: December 12th 2014.

Destinations: Bordeaux, Seville, Florence, and Berlin.

Do you want to know more? 
From the 'Working Abroad' tab, click on Destinations, Case Studies, Downloads - Applications, Downloads - Case Studies & Newsletters and FAQs. 

If you require any information not covered on this and the associated pages, please write to:



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