A training agreement is basically a document that defines the nature of your internship or placement. The training contract is issued by your current or former university. Above all, it serves to ensure the quality of your placement. For this reason, we can also define it as a “Quality Commitment”* setting out the rights and obligations of all the parties involved in placements abroad. Last but not least, the training contract has to be signed by the sending institution (university), the host organization (the company) and the intern.
>The European Quality Charter for Mobility defines the quality principles for placements.
A training agreement is generally signed at the start of an apprenticeship. Otherwise, it is used to confirm the employment arrangements between the trainee and his future employer. Furthermore, the training contract includes a statement of the skills, trade or occupation under the qualifying apprenticeship framework.
The training agreement’s aim is to legalize an agreement between trainees and employers. As the training agreement is also used to define the role you’ll have in the company, it’s wise to pay enough attention to this part. So, let’s take a look at what you should care about while making the fulfillment of your training settlement:
As you probably already know, placements can be curricular or extracurricular. A training agreement is required when we’re talking about a curriculair placement. At the same time, the agreement prevents you to enroll in unprotected work. Meanwhile, it also helps to avoid invisible exploitation. Furthermore, there are no limitations to what kind of school provides the training agreement, which means they can be public or private. (universities, TEFL schools, high schools, etc)
Curricular: A curricular placement is providing ECTS credits. Furthermore, it’s mentioned in the title of the student after the bachelor has been completed.
Extracurricular: These are internships done on a voluntary basis.. The aim is to transfer knowledge and therefore every placement in which you work, will have some kind of training contract available. If not, ask for it and you will have prove that you did the internship.