VOCATIONAL TRAINING: EU GRANTS EURO 86 MILLION TO DA VINCI PROGRAMME.

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Besides promoting trainees' mobility, the programme also supports a range of pilot projects, with the current batch focusing in particular on the following themes: developing new measures to better compare qualifications at European, national and sectoral level; developing vocational training opportunities; ICT-supported learning, where learning based on information and communication technology is combined with other modes of learning such as learning groups, family learning or tutoring and transnational virtual study circles; developing appropriate training/learning materials to improve skills; developing e-learning training tools for quality management in vocational education and training; training teachers and trainers and exchanging experience between schools, voluntary organisations, universities and companies.

EU funding for the Leonardo da Vinci programme amounted to euro 793.8 million in its initial phase, from 1995 to 1999, approximately 40% of which was used for mobility projects. So far in the second phase of the programme, running from 2000 to 2006, the Commission has shelled...

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