In the present job market, professional profiles are constantly evolving. Therefore, qualities such as social and intercultural skills, as well as experience with career mobility are crucial in the workforce. Through vocational training, trainees are prepared to fit these expectations and are guided towards skill acquisition.
As a contribution to economic and social cooperation within Europe, the FGYO subsidizes trilateral exchange programs where Franco-German reconciliation and friendship can serve as a model for third countries.
Trilateral vocational exchanges allow participants to join trainees from Germany and France. They are encouraged to discuss their best practices and learning methods to gather details about the international landscape affecting their careers.
These international programs reinforce language acquisition and intercultural learning. During this time, young people strengthen their understanding of other trainees’ living conditions as well as their countries’ backgrounds and cultures. Participants are thus not only improving their language skills but also developing their intercultural, human, and relational skills, and learning how to integrate with others and be open to the unknown.
The exchange program can be adapted to fit trainees’ learning goals. The FGYO only subsidizes exchanges based on reciprocity, that means that the entire project consists of several phases organized in France just as in Germany and in the third participating country.
Priority regions for trilateral programs are the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe, the Mediterranean as well as European countries in a crisis. It is also possible to organize projects with other countries in Europe if the subjects addressed are in line with the guidelines, priorities and objectives of the FGYO. However, the above-mentioned regions remain priority regions.
Trilateral vocational exchanges emphasize the importance of the exchange itself equally as vocational and technical skills. Participants develop their professional skills and are introduced to career mobility within Europe or the Euro-Mediterranean area.
With the help of this trilateral project, trainees are given the opportunity to develop their intercultural skills by discovering similarities and differences between cultures, leading to participants further developing their European identity. The young people overcome their fear of the unknown and learn to accept different point of views, which directly contributes to a European or Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.
Trilateral encounters sustainably promote an understanding of the history and culture of the participating countries, as well as the living conditions of the participants. This favors the development of openness and tolerance for new perspectives and the capacity to adopt a different view of one's own culture. By dealing with social and political issues, the participants learn early on what it means to get involved.
It is no longer possible to sign up for this program
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organization working for Franco-German cooperation, which has enabled nearly 9 million young people from France and Germany to participate in 320,000 exchange programs since 1963.