An Entrepreneurial Journey: Live and work in Holland for 3 weeks on a Bridge 2 Business placement
- 3 week business placement, organised by the Dutch Foundation for Innovation
- Departs February 2019
- Fully funded through the Erasmus Plus Programme
- Open to student and graduates of Edinburgh College
- Apply at https://bridge2business.typeform.com/to/nZ2eK6 before the 11th November 2018
Live and work in Holland for 3 weeks on a Bridge 2 Business placement
At Bridge 2 business, our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey. It is our Mission to inspire and equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise. Graduates have sparked a recent rise in entrepreneurial activity amongst young people in Scotland by choosing to launch their own businesses when leaving College or University.
- Are you an UK resident and 18-24 years old?
- Do you have a current, valid Passport?
- Are you a student or recent Graduate of Edinburgh College?
- Are you thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed?
- Are you unsure about what to do next, or how to go about it?
Bridge 2 Business have a once in a lifetime opportunity for you
The Erasmus Plus Programme, "An Entrepreneurial Journey" is a joint project undertaken collaboratively by the Dutch Foundation of Innovation and Young Enterprise Scotland.
It is designed to offer the expansion of Youth Enterprise and Employability into new European markets. The programme provides College Learners and recent Graduates the opportunity to learn from European partners through a three-week work placement in the Netherlands, with travel & accommodation arranged, all expenses paid, and food & culture money and support provided through the Dutch Foundation of Innovation Welfare 2 Work.
What will I gain from taking part?
Taking part in the programme helps you to develop personally and professionally; you will gain valuable international experience, broaden your horizons, experience new cultures and discover new ways of working.
A recent Erasmus Plus student said about his experience: 'It was a really good opportunity to meet new people, network and enhance my future employability in Scotland. I am more able to cooperate with people from other backgrounds and cultures and I know much better my strengths and weaknesses.' Another Scottish student said:' I was able to travel and work independently. I stepped out of my comfort zone, but my skills and confidence have increased tremendously'. For more testimonials, click here.
"An Entrepreneurial Journey" will run in January - February 2019, with a Bridge 2 Business Programme Executive coordinating logistic and pastoral support throughout the experience.
Departure to Holland: Estimated 26th January 2019 by plane from Edinburgh
You will be assigned a work placement with a Dutch business that complements your current studies and gives you the opportunity to build practical skills to take forward into employment or your own business.
How to Apply
Don't miss out! We only have 6 spaces for our Edinburgh College programme!
Tell us you want to join by completing our short application form before the 11th November 2018 by visiting:
After you complete the application, we will ask shortlisted applicants for further information and invite you to an informal interview before assigning you a work placement.
Please read our FAQs section below, however if you have any questions about the programme feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
below are some of the questions that your fellow Edinburgh college students are asking about the programme:
How long is the placement?
When is the placement?
February 2019 (specific dates to be confirmed by December 2018)
Where in Holland will I go?
Rotterdam / Leiden
Where will I stay during the trip?
With family of the business, or in hotel / youth hostel. Appropriate accommodation will be sourced for each student
Will it cost me anything to take part?
No, all programmatic costs are paid for (including flights, accommodation, meals and sustenance and a personal allowance).
Do I need permission from my parents and the college to take part?
No, if you are over 18 you do not need parental permission, you should discuss the opportunity with your Bridge 2 Business Programme Executive and your college tutor about how you can make the most of the trip to support your studies.
Who is eligible to take part?
You must be a student or recent graduate of Edinburgh College
You must be aged 18 - 24
You must be able to travel to Holland for 3 weeks in February 2019
You must have an in date passport by the time of departure to Holland
How will I get to Holland?
You will fly to Holland from Edinburgh Airport to Amsterdam
Onwards journeys to Leiden / Rotterdam will be arranged for each student
It would be expected of students to make their own journey to Edinburgh Airport
Will anyone from my college or Bridge 2 Business be with me?
Bridge 2 Business Programme Executive / Manager will be in Holland to support you during the trip.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, you need a full and valid passport to travel outside of the UK
I don't have a passport; can I get it funded as part of the trip?
No, we cannot cover the cost of any student obtaining or renewing a passport
Do I need to be a business student to take part?
No, absolutely not! We welcome applications from all curriculums and courses. This is an opportunity to learn about business from the lens of your chosen industry.
How will you decide who goes?
It will be a competitive application process. Bridge 2 Business will work with Edinburgh College staff to select the students who show the most commitment and that they will benefit the most from the programme to represent Edinburgh College on the programme.
Where will I work?
Each student will be assigned a business / internship to meet their own specific requirements
What will my job be?
Can I do photography?
As above. If from a personal perspective, of course
Will I stay with other students?
Potentially - Halls of Residence, or other accommodation could be available
Will I work with other students?
Potentially - overseas students are involved in other Erasmus projects