Hosting a young student or an HEI staff member is a great opportunity to enrich the skills and the know-how of your organization in the field of Social Innovation with trained resources, specialized in the different fields. Moreover, this is a chance to internationalize your staff, as well as to foster mobility in Europe and the cooperation between Higher Education and the labour market.
The trainees are University students (Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or Doctorate/Ph.D.) or recent graduates or teaching and non-teaching staff of Higher Education Institutes, motivated in spending a training period abroad and in developing their skills and competences.
What does "Social Innovation" stands for?
Social Innovation is a wide growing sector at European level. Officially, it is defined by the European Commission as "new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and form new collaborations. These innovations can be products, services or models addressing unmet needs more effectively". Social Innovation includes different professional profiles such as the project manager, the management engineer, the financial administrator, the responsible in communication, the sociologist, the psychologist, the business consultant, the fund- and people-raiser, the social influencer, the computer scientist, the architect, the graphic and web designer, the expert in international and European law etc... In other words, it includes all the jobs that trigger positive social and economic changes within the local community, changes from which every company, organization or HEI can benefit.
What are we looking for?
Public and private organizations/enterprises/companies, Higher Education Institutions and Research Institutes, based in one of the 28 UE member states plus Island, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, interested to internationalize their staff and enriching their know-how, by offering a traineeship experience to students and/or a training period for HEI staff members in the field of Social Innovation. Both students and staff come from the partnered Universities, which are part of the Consortium. These are: Università di Roma Tor Vergata - Università di Cagliari - Università di Napoli Federico II - Università di Pisa - Università di Firenze - Università di Macerata - Università di Ferrara - Università di Parma - Università di Catania - Università di Padova - Università Politecnica delle Marche - Università di Palermo - Università degli Studi di Enna KORE - Università Cà Foscari di Venezia.
What are the costs?
There are no costs involved for companies, organizations or HEIs, since all costs will be covered by the project. Participants are granted by “UNIVERSITIES FOR EU PROJECTS”, funded by the ERASMUS+ Higher Education individual mobility programme. The grant covers travel, subsistence and insurance costs. In addition, we give further services: we deal with the matching between the trainee and the hosting organization and we provide our trainees with preparation before their departures, such as languages and competences assessment.
What are the duties?
Hosting organizations will be contacted directly by the candidates and they will have time to consider their CVs and motivation letters, and to fix a skype interview. Once the right candidate is chosen, the SEND Mobility Consortium will deal with all the phases of his/her mobility: it prepares the trainees before their departures, monitors and evaluates the mobilities, gives general support to the organizations and to the trainees, and provides tutoring to the students. The hosting organization has just to follow three simple duties: before the mobility it has to agree and sign the Learning Agreement with the trainee and the University, he/she belongs to; once the mobility is started it has to fill in and send the Letter of Arrival, which proofs the beginning of the traineeship, and at the end of the mobility it has to fill in and sign the Traineeship Certificate. That's all :) !
In addition, there is no obligation for a hosting organization to hire a trainee after the traineeship, nor to keep him/her longer than agreed.
Erasmus+ is based on the Learning Agreement signed by the company/organization/HEI and the trainee which covers intellectual property rights on material developed during the traineeship. On top of this agreement, hosting organizations can add others agreements, including confidentiality clauses.
Duration of the project: till 31 May 2020.
Duration of the mobility
FOR STUDENTS: 3 months for students with possibility to extend the traineeship period
FOR HEI STAFF: min. 2 days max. 1 month for training activities (i.e. job-shadowing, observation period, training, etc...).
How to participate?
Fill in the hosting organization online form with the data of your organization and the vacancies offered. Once you have filled in the online form, we will include your organization's contacts and vacancies in our database. This will facilitate the matching process between you and the eligible candidates.