Strengthening the Capacity of Managers


The German-Irish Chamber, together with its partners in Germany, Norway and Spain, is running "Strengthening the Capacity of Managers", a Leonardo da Vinci Mobility project funded through the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

Project Aim

The aim of the project is to provide Irish-based graduates and employees with the opportunity to spend 2 weeks working at a company in Germany, Spain or Norway to practise their foreign language skills in a business environment and gain introductory first-hand knowledge of country-specific business culture.

Results to Date

The first participants of Strengthening the Capacity of Managers, a Leonardo da Vinci Mobility project funded through the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, have completed their two-week internships in Germany, Norway and Spain and have returned glowing reports of their experiences. Click here to get an overview of their experiences


 …for the participants

  • Full immersion in foreign language: practise language skills in a business environment
  • Increased confidence in conducting business through a foreign language
  • Broaden skill set, increase business opportunities
  • Knowledge-transfer within industry
  • Expand network of business contacts
  • Introduction to different business culture
  • More exposure to the EU: large market on the doorstep
  • No costs: travel and subsistence covered under project

…for the company in Ireland

  • Nominated candidate/s would gain valuable experience relevant to company
  • Ability to offer great business opportunity to employee/s
  • Expand business network and relations with companies in EU
  • No costs: travel and subsistence covered within project

…for the host company

  • Tailor the 2-week work placement to suit your business needs
  • Internationalisation of business environment
  • Expand business links with Ireland


Many Irish graduates …

  • have language skills, but lack work experience in a foreign language
  • have worked abroad, but in the majority of cases this takes place in English-speaking environments
  • can speak a foreign language, but lack the courage to work abroad through this language
  • lack the contacts and opportunities to find a placement in another EU country

This project removes all these obstacles for the Irish participants and provides them with the chance to take first steps in using their foreign language, increasing their confidence and opening up their business opportunities.


Application process

  • Application and CV to be sent by candidate
  • Suitable candidates will be interviewed by telephone/Skype
  • Successful candidates will be matched with a company in their chosen country for a two-week placement. 
  • The companies will be selected in so far as possible based on the requirements of the participants.
  • Suitable dates for work placement chosen - to suit both participant and host company
  • Flights, travel and accommodation for the two-week stay abroad will be organised by us (Travel and subsistence costs for the two-week period will be covered under the project)
  • Participants will attend a training workshop in preparation for the work placement (language and culture overview)
  • Two week work placement in host company abroad

Criteria for Suitable Candidates

  • University Graduate
  • Language skills
  • Proven interest in chosen language
  • Commitment to the placement
  • Ability to illustrate how the placement will improve their current situation
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Good communication skills

Candidates are requested to send their CVs to Aideen Keenan as well as submitting the below application form. We will then get in touch regarding the telephone/Skype interview stage.



Host Company

If you are a company in Germany/ Norway/ Spain interested in hosting an Irish candidate for a two week placement, please contact Aideen Keenan.



Project Details

If you would like to get involved or receive more information, please contact Aideen Keenan.

This project is organised by the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce and funded under the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme.


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