Information about 2023 intake and deadline for submission of applications will be available in due course.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Trainees will be informed accordingly if special arrangements will apply in view of the status of the COVID-19 situation at the time the traineeship starts.

Aim of the traineeship scheme

Every year, Cedefop offers a traineeship programme that aims to:

  • provide university graduates, PhD students and students with technical qualifications with a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of Cedefop, and more generally of the EU institutions;
  • enable the trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of Cedefop’s departments and services;
  • provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic environment contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance;
  • promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship;
  • provide the opportunity to put into practice knowledge acquired during the studies and in particular in specific areas of competence. To introduce the trainees to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.

Timing and duration

There is one trainee intake per year that lasts up to 12 months.

Selection requirements and admission

– Nationality –
Trainees are selected only from nationals of the Member States of the European Union and of candidate countries. To see the list of the current candidate countries please refer to the following site:

– Education –
Applicants for a traineeship must have completed the first cycle of a higher education course (university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications. The first university degree (e.g. bachelor) must be attached for an application to be valid. Masters, PhD, language certificates etc, may be attached for information.
Depending on operational priorities, Cedefop may also invite candidacies for traineeships in specific areas (e.g. building maintenance, kitchen, documentation, etc.) where the traineeship is compulsory requirement in the higher education curriculum.

– Languages –
In order for the trainee to fully profit from the traineeship and to be able to follow meetings and perform adequately:

  • candidates from Member States must have very good knowledge (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) of at least two EU languages, of which one should be English. For some positions, a higher level might be requested;
  • candidates from candidate countries must have very good knowledge (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) of at least English. For some positions, a higher level might be requested.

– Selection and admission –
Applicants are selected on the basis of qualifications and taking account of the operational priorities of Cedefop. Please note that admission to a traineeship does not confer on trainees the status of officials or that of other servants of the European Union, nor does it entail any right or priority with regard to an appointment in the services of Cedefop.

How to apply?

– Online application –
The application must be made in accordance with the instructions published on our website, using the online application form. Except in duly justified cases (e.g. disability) no hard-copy application will be accepted.

Please complete your form as early as possible as the system gets overloaded close to the deadline and there is a risk that your application might not be submitted successfully.

Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement e-mail with a protocol number (which should always be quoted in any subsequent contacts with Cedefop). In case you insert your application twice by mistake and you obtain two protocol numbers, please inform us by e-mail at: traineeships [at]

Please make sure that you include a valid e-mail address in your application as all further correspondence will be through e-mails.

Incomplete applications, applications received after the deadline or sent by e-mail/post, will be rejected.

Due to the large number of applications received, Cedefop will not answer individual queries concerning the outcome of applications.

– Relevant information –
Before you start your online application, you must read the following information:

– Supporting documents –
Applications must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the candidate's first university degree and curriculum vitae in English (preferably using the European format: Diplomas issued in any of the official EU languages do not need a translation.

Applications where either the university degree or the CV is missing will not be considered by Cedefop.

The university degree is not required only where the traineeship is a compulsory requirement in the higher education curriculum (e.g. in areas of building maintenance, kitchen, documentation, etc.).

Organisation of the traineeship

Trainees are placed under the responsibility of a supervisor. The supervisor guides the trainee during his/her traineeship, acting as his/her mentor.

Evaluation reports are completed at the end of the traineeship, both by the trainee and the supervisor. Trainees who have completed the minimum required traineeship period (i.e. 3 months) will receive a certificate specifying the dates of their traineeship period in the relevant department.

Monthly Grant

Trainees are awarded a monthly maintenance grant. The amount of the grant is decided by Cedefop and revised on a regular basis depending on budgetary constraints.

Currently the amount of the grant is:

  • EUR 1,073.66 per month for trainees from abroad (member states of the EU or candidate countries), as well as trainees residing in Greece who need to move to Thessaloniki for the duration of the traineeship;
  • EUR 805.24 per month for trainees residing in Thessaloniki prior to the start of their traineeship.

Travel expenses (within certain limits) are also reimbursed.

Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their grant amounting to half the amount of the grant. The objective of this extra payment is to help disabled trainees to cover extra expenses such as transport, the cost of special accommodation etc which might be required due to their disability.

Data protection

Please refer to the privacy statement for online traineeship applications.

Trainees network

The “CEDEFOP Trainees Alumni network” is a group which connects past, current and future trainees among themselves and with Cedefop. Its main aim is to help trainees and Cedefop stay in touch and to bring a lot of benefits to both the organisation and the alumnus. It also aims to communicate ideas and cultures between different European countries with a focus on VET issues.

Unpaid traineeships

The organisation of unpaid traineeships is currently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the uncertainty as to how the situation will evolve, we are not able to guarantee that unpaid traineeships will take place.


Traineeship rules