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Paid Digital Traineeships


All companies are welcome to offer digital traineeships.

Companies willing to host trainees should publish their offers on ErasmusIntern and Drop’pin, or advertise them through direct contacts with university career offices. F&L members: you are welcome to ask us for help – we are working on identifying key areas to help the logistics and supply chain workforce to flourish despite the challenges of the digital age with Cargill, Nokia, Jabil, K+N, Kuehne Logistics and Plymouth Universities, Closer and the European Commission.


Many companies say that young people leaving education are not ready for the workplace. More than 40% of businesses in Europe looking for ICT specialists report difficulties in recruiting the right people. To respond to this challenge, the Commission launched the Digital Opportunity Traineeships initiative.

The aim is clear – to help companies fill vacancies with digitally competent candidates. Digital skills are not only required in the ICT sector, but increasingly across all sectors. Knowledge of cybersecurity, data analytics and machine learning for example are needed in fields as diverse as banking and manufacturing, farming and health. A computer-literate workforce is also vital to maintain Europe’s global competitiveness in a fast-changing world.

Up to 6,000 students will gain digital skills and valuable work experience through traineeships with organisations, mostly businesses, abroad. The first traineeships will start in June 2018. Trainees will receive an allowance of around 500 EUR per month, for an average of five months. The pilot project will be financed by Horizon 2020 and implemented through Erasmus+. The initiative is open to all Erasmus+ Programme Countries as well as to Horizon 2020 Associated Countries.

Companies who are members of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and businesses active in Horizon 2020 are at the core of the initiative.

In order to make the Digital Opportunity Traineeships a reality, the Commission is looking for companies – from SMEs to large corporations, but also other organisations – willing to employ trainees coming from another country and teach them digital skills in areas such as cybersecurity, high-performance computing, big data analytics, blockchain and many others. Traineeships will be published on