Gecko Work Placements in Europe

Gecko Programmes Ltd are specialists in international business development, project management, and workforce development. Based in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, they are also advocates of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, sending over 200 people on work experience placements in Europe since July 2010.

Gecko now send young people to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Portugal for two to thirteen weeks every year. The longer programmes allow for language and cultural training, but the overall aim is that the work experience enhances the knowledge and skills of participants, to allow them to gain sustainable employment upon their return to the UK.

Kathryn said this of her experience in Europe:

For my placement I worked at the Macuf Museum of Contemporary art. This was a really inspiring place filled with interesting artwork. I supervised group activities and school visits, and really enjoyed the overall experience. I hope this insight will help me in job applications to art galleries in the UK and Europe. The experience was certainly a positive one!

To be eligible to participate, applicants must have an EU passport or National Identity Card, be aged 18-24, and live in the West Midlands. Their preparation, travel, accommodation and subsistence fees will all be covered by the programme.

If you are interested in learning more, or know someone who is, visit the website, call Elisabeta on 01902 837416, or email

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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