Are you thinking of working in another European country?
Launched in 1994, EURES is a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers. The network has always worked hard to ensure that European citizens can benefit from the same opportunities, despite language barriers, cultural differences, bureaucratic challenges, diverse employment laws and a lack of recognition of educational certificates across Europe.
The Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) is developed by the European Commission to reduce youth unemployment in Europe.The programme assists young people to gain valuable work experience in another European Union member state. It also enhances life skills through non-formal learning taking place when residing in a new country.
All learning and working related mobility is a source of empowerment and growth for all the actors involved: the mobile worker, who will gain new cultural, personal and professional experiences, and the employer, who will benefit from a multi-cultural staff characterized by different and complementary approaches, know-how and professional backgrounds. Movement of people means movement of cultures, intelligence and ideas and between European workers and citizens.
Mobility is also one the means promoted by the European Commission to strengthen the European citizenship, reinforcing the feeling of belonging in a common society and preventing stereotypes and racist phenomena. Mobility enables the construction of a citizenship based on reciprocate knowledge and on the sharing of everyday life.
European Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) offers support in taking up employment in the EU, Norway or Iceland including:
financial support such as allowances for travel to an interview 100-350 euros and/or relocation to another country for work 700-1400 euros
Other available allowances are language training allowance of max. 2000 euros (if required), family support, supplementary moving support of max. 500 euros and recognition of qualifications 400 euros
information on living and working abroad
Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS) is a EU mobility scheme with the aim to match employers with hard to fill vacancies with skilled candidates across Europe. Target groups are jobseekers aged 18+ and employers from an EU country, Norway or Iceland. TMS supports jobs and work-based traineeships.
The minimum length of the work contract has to be 6 months and in case of a traineeship 3 months.
There are certain criterias to be met if you wish to get the additional benefits of the TMS project:
-applicant has to be 18-35 years old citizen or resident of European Union member country, who is a job seeker (not a full time student)
In order to benefit from TMS, the traineeship contract will be submitted to the similar conditions as regular jobs:
- ensure remuneration and written contractual relationship
- have a duration of 3-6 months
- comply with national labour law and ensure adequate protection e.g. social security, health and accident insurance, etc.
Moreover, employers that take an traineeship are required to:
- offer skill-enhancing on-the-job learning and training
- provide proper vocational tutorial/mentoring in the host company or organization throughout the work-based training
- as much as possible, provide settlement and logistical support such as help finding accommodation
- issue a certificate or written declaration formally recognizing the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the traineeship, in accordance with company/national practice.
Please note that traineeships forming part of mandatory professional certification requirements (as is the normal practice with regulated professions such as law, medicine and architecture) are not covered.
Moreover, traineeships will be considered as eligible only if they represent a real opportunity of professional empowerment and growth for the young worker and reinforce their capacity to find a job after the end of the traineeship. Although the employer should determine the extent and content of the integration programme, it must always include at least a training or learning component.
You should contact a Eures advisor in your home country when you start the application process.You must apply for financial support before you leave your country and before the starting date of your new job/interview date. You cannot apply after you have moved to your new country of work. The company offering a job or a traineeship must be legally registered in the country of operation and the job/traineeship vacancy must be published / be an open call.
Please note that a placement with European institutions and bodies and other international policy, economic, social and scientific organisations (such as the UN, the OECD, the Council of Europe or similar) as well as with supra-national regulatory bodies and their agencies is ineligible. This also applies to EEA networks, platforms, lobbies or other similar organisations when their budget resources depend exclusively or mainly on EU funding. Also working for a call centres or in a job where the remuneration is based on piecework or contract rate are not eligible for the TMS support.
How to apply:
NOTE: at the moment it is not possible to apply for TMS support due to the end of the project in May 2022
You must apply for financial support before you leave your country and before the starting date of your new job. You can send in your application even if you have not yet received your employment contract.
- Complete the application form, print, sign it and scan. Please make sure it contains the contact information of your Eures advisor and your handwritten signature. Application for financial support for relocation expenses
- Attach a copy of: your passport, travel documents/bookings, qualification/diploma or CV, job vacancy, account statement that shows that you are the holder of the bank account.
- Send the application form together with the attachements by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Then the employer will be contacted and asked to send in a Confirmation of employment no later than 4 weeks after the first day of work. Any financial support cannot be granted until we have received the Confirmation of employment from the employer.
You can reach us by email email@example.com
If you are interested in working abroad please join European Job Days Events
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You can proceed your application through Eures advisor in your home country or apply directly. Please attach a CV in English to your application. You can use this template for example https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae