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EACEA National Policies Platform


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.7 Cross-border mobility in employment, entrepreneurship and vocational opportunities

Last update: 26 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 16/11/2020

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  1. Programmes and schemes for cross-border mobility
  2. Legal framework


Programmes and schemes for cross-border mobility

The British Council's Study Work Create portal brings together information on opportunities for UK students, recent graduates, and young professionals to study, volunteer, work or develop their creativity through international experience. Opportunities include:

  • The European Solidarity Corps (which replaced the European Voluntary Corps in 2018). It is the main EU programme providing volunteering opportunities for young people. It is an initiative of the European Union which creates opportunities for young people aged 18-30 to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The UK’s participation in current programmes running until and beyond 2020 is not affected by Brexit. 
  • Generation UK – China Summer Language and Internship Programme, which helps students from the UK boost their employability and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China
  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IASTE) work placements, which give young people over the age of 19 who are enrolled in a science, engineering, technology or applied arts course at a UK university the opportunity to take part in a paid industry traineeship in one of 80 countries.

Young Britons, generally aged 18-30, may be eligible to apply for working holiday visas in a number of countries.

Legal framework

There is no specific legal framework or scheme for the cross-border mobility of young workers, trainees / apprentices and young professional / entrepreneurs.