MULTIPLIER EVENT ERASMUS SALONS AT BRUSSELS – Organized by EUF
Tuesday 27th March 2018
The third Erasmus Salons was held successfully on the 27th of March 2018 at Muntpunt Grand Cafe (Brussels, Belgium). It gathered about 25 participants from all over Europe to engage in a frank exchange with our speakers Zuzana Vaneckova, European Youth Forum and Thomas Berger, University of Fulda and CAPQI partner, on the topic of quality internships through Erasmus+.
The open discussion on the future of the Erasmus+ programme was a fantastic opportunity to promote the CAPQI (Collective Awareness Platforms for Quality Internships) project. The format of the Salon, which allowed for a frank of exchange of ideas was a suitable means to raise awareness on quality internship by discussing the challenges that students are facing with the stakeholders based on the results of CAPQI’s desk research (IO1), promote quality internship
schemes for companies (IO4 – preliminary results of the guide for employers) and discuss potential policy recommendations that could feed into the future development of the Erasmus+ programme and analytical policy report of CAPQI (IO6).
The conclusions that have arisen from the debate are striking: we should focus more on quality over quantity. In fact, it is not just about enabling more students to go on an internship abroad, but we should pay more attention to the quality of work placement experience, including remuneration, quality of the assignments, and housing – as for the most quoted ones. The panelists, together with the audience have highlighted the fact that companies, higher education institutions and students should share the responsibility when it comes to conducting a quality internship. Concrete recommendations on how universities could support the students in completing their quest have been put on the table such as providing legal and housing help, offering personalised guidance in the search for an internship abroad, language support, etc.
Finally, people argued that the European Union should advocate at an EU level and pressure the companies to provide paid work-placements. Some alternative to lead remuneration of the students have been mentioned such as providing accommodation solutions, covering the transportation costs, etc.
Rating internships was shown in the website transparencyatwork.org promoted by the CAPQI project.
CAPQI partners give their gratitude to the attendants to the Event. Hope it will be valuable in the near future.