The European Commission has just launched the “We Mean Business” campaign, which aims to encourage companies to create more trainee placements to boost young people's skills and employability.

At the same time, traineeships can help young people make a smooth transition from education and training to a first good job.

Placements can also bring benefits to companies, enabling them to identify potentially excellent future employees who could, with their fresh ideas, be key to future productivity and competitiveness.

In 2012-2013, the Commission will provide funding support for a total of 280 000 placements through its Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus schemes for vocational and higher education students.

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