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Skills Swap – Sharing Skills for Work-Based Learning in VET for Europe’s Hospitality Sector

Duration: 01.09.2020 – 31.08.2023 (36 months)
  • RINOVA Limited, United Kingdom
  • Folkuniversitetet (FU), Sweden
  • DIMITRA Education and Consulting, Greece
  • Camara Oficial de Comercio e Industria de Zaragoza (CAMARAZARAGOZA), Spain
  • EditC Limited, (EditC), Cyprus
  • Bamen S. Coop. And. (Sextaplanta), Spain
Authority: European Commission
Program:    ERASMUS+


The overall aim of Skills Swap is to design and test a novel work-based learning (WBL) for the hospitality sector in Europe.

Our project is concerned with a novel approach to work-based training – the ‘skills swap’. By ‘skills swap’, we mean structured, task-focused opportunities to learn at the workplace, where employees and apprentices are seconded from their current roles with one employer for a temporary period (typically half a day to 2 weeks) to learn skills provided by another employer. By building up a network of companies working together this way, employers and their staff benefit from ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ for short term training – making new contacts and building up trust, while being supported by our coordinators and having their interests protected by agreements.

Our idea is to support companies to meet their own needs as much as possible by cooperating with one another as well as with training organisations. In this model, we support companies – large and small – to network together to map out their staff training and recruitment needs and work with us to meet them.