The experience of traineeships in the EU

Eurobarometer: The experience of traineeships in the EU

According to the Eurobarometer survey on the quality of traineeships in the EU published today, a significant number of trainees feel that their working conditions could be improved and that the learning content of their traineeship is insufficient. Even if the majority of trainees consider their experience useful, the survey shows that almost one in three traineeships is dissatisfactory with regard to working conditions or learning content.


The Eurobarometer study shows that:

  • Traineeships are widespread: around half of respondents (46%) have done a traineeship, and a high share of them has done multiple traineeships.
  • Almost six out of ten trainees (59%) did not receive any financial compensation during their last traineeship. Among those who were paid, less than a half consider it was enough to cover basic living costs.
  • Four out of ten trainees did not have a written traineeship agreement or contract with the host organisation or company.
  • Almost one in three traineeships (30%) is substandard either with regards to learning content or working conditions. Close to 25% report that their working conditions were different from that of regular employees and 20% consider they have not learned anything professionally useful during their traineeship.
  • Training abroad is still rare, with only around 10% of traineeships taking place abroad.

An analysis based on the Eurobarometer results found a significant correlation between the quality of traineeships and the employment outcome. In other words, those that had completed a substandard traineeship were significantly less likely to find a job afterwards.


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