Graduate & Apprenticeship Placement Scheme





Brief descprition


GAPS aims to enhance and improve employment within the 2 Seas area by developing new skills and strategies for young people.

The project gathers together 7 partners in England, France and Holland, each facing rising youth unemployment rates.

Of particular note for employers across the 2 Seas area is the absence of soft/life skills in many of the young people they recruit. Young people in these areas risk suffering from long-term unemployment and social exclusion.

Crossborder work placements of up to three months, which include language training, will promote the value of such an exercise to both young people and employers.

The INTERREG IVA 2 Mers Seas Zeeën Programme promotes crossborder cooperation between the coastal regions of 4 Member States: France (Nord-Pas de Calais), England (SW, SE, E), Belgium (Flanders) and The Netherlands (South coastal area).

The 2 Seas crossborder Operational Programme was approved by the European Commission in September 2008 and has a budget of €167 million community funding (ERDF) for the period 2007-2013.

The Programme has three priority themes as well as a common priority with the France (Channel) – England INTERREG IVA Programme.

Priority 1: Creating an economically competitive, attractive and accessible area

Priority 2: Promoting and enhancing a safe and healthy environment

Priority 3: Improving quality of life

Priority 4: Common priority with the France (Channel) – England programme


Scope of cooperation

The GAPS Consortium have declared its willingness to share information and experiences in the field of learning mobility in the regional contexts of The Netherlands, Belgium, France and UK.


For further information

Contact person: MEDWAY COUNCIL – Gun Wharf

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