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Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

sequa is a non-profit organization of the German private sector. Shareholders are Germany's top four business membership organisations DIHK, ZDH, BDI and BDA as well as GIZ. sequa is a globally operating development organisation that has carried out projects and programmes of international cooperation in close collaboration with the German private sector since 1991. VET and mobility of employees is one of the organisation’s main purposes and thus has always been of special significance. From 1991 to 2015 sequa has carried out more than 2,000 mobility measures for apprentices, journeymen and professionals in TVET sector. The commitment of sequa in the field of occupational mobility began in 1991 with the founding of the SESAM program for journeymen, which was initially restricted to the cooperation between German and French Chambers of Crafts. Going abroad allowed the participants to learn new techniques within their occupations in the host country and increased their language skills and intercultural competences. The funding opportunities of the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme, now Erasmus+, allowed the extension of the programmes and lead in 2008 to the establishment of the sequa mobility programmes SINDBAD and TRANSDUAL. TRANSDUAL aims at trainees in commercial occupations and supports business language and skills training in France, the UK and Spain. The programme SINDBAD involves apprentices of all professions with internships throughout Europe. Additionally sequa offers since 2012 mobility’s for professionals in Vocational Education. The programme move-it (mobility of vocational educational institutions and trainers) enables individual professionals in Vocational Education to exchange work experiences and techniques with other professionals abroad. These professionals in Vocational Education are important multipliers in mobility. Teachers and trainers can use their learning experiences abroad to create networks, engage closer to the private sector and motivate their apprentices as to mobility issues. This contributes to the intra-European recognition of learning experiences and supports the harmonization of European TVET systems.

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