Host a trainee

Session: 2014 - 2015
Application deadline: 01.10.2013
Application deadline: passed
Programme schedule:
Map of participants in Europe:
Vulcanus in Europe student training programme

Are you a European company willing to host a Japanese trainee? This programme is for you!

Vulcanus Testimonials

Hubert Golle
Robotina (Slovenia)

Vulcanus Host Company since 2012

Vulcanus is a win-win program for both the Japanese student and the European host company. It is very well prepared and structured, so has important impacts for both: the student gets valuable hands-on experience in a real business environment and the company gains a deeper understanding of the Japanese way of working. The eight-month period of work is long enough to deliver practical results. Personally; I would recommend applying for the Vulcanus scheme if you want to improve your ability to do business with the Japanese.

Joaquín Olcina
Applus IDIADA Group
Vulcanus Host Company since 2007

"APPLUS+IDIADA provides engineering and testing services to the worldwide automotive industry, for development projects. Thus Japanese clients are very important to us. Having a VULCANUS trainee in our department has been a very enriching experience mainly due to his technical skills, his commitment to the projects he was involved in, and also to the fact that through him the rest of the team could acquire a greater knowledge of Japanese culture."

Programme Objective

Through the Vulcanus in Europe programme you can offer a Japanese student an 8-month traineeship within your company, providing you with a valuable addition to your workforce and the trainee with the experience of a lifetime. The Vulcanus in Europe programme has the following objectives:

  • To provide EU companies with skilled Japanese students as trainees to help them in the development of their business with Japan;
  • To familiarise a pool of future Japanese executives with Europe's business culture, its economic structure and its institutions, so that they will be well-placed to help their future employers in their business relations with Europe.


The programme was launched in 1996 on the initiative of the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) with the purpose of contributing to the improvement and stimulation of industrial cooperation and of improving mutual understanding between Japan and the European Union. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is responsible for the actual organisation of the programme.

Who is your trainee?

  • Your trainee is chosen from among Japan's best students, either in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate studies or following a postgraduate course in one of the following disciplines: engineering (mechanical, electrical, electronics, civil, nuclear, etc.) / architecture / biology, chemistry, biotechnology, physics / metal materials, ceramics / computer science, telecommunications / production systems....
  • The students are selected on the basis of your needs.
  • The student's academic record, the opinion of his/her tutors and the student's motivation and ability to adapt are all factors which are taken into consideration in his/her selection. Your company will propose the contents of the traineeship. Should suitable students apply and be selected by the Centre, you will make the final decision as to which of them to accept.
  • Before the start of the traineeship the EU-Japan Centre will arrange and fund a 16-week intensive course in the language spoken in your company, giving him/her a working knowledge of the language you have chosen.
  • Your trainee will already be generally familiar with European culture, industry and the EU. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will organise and fund a seminar in Brussels for this purpose, immediately after the trainee's arrival in Europe.


All EU companies in the industrial sector within the EU are eligible to apply for the Vulcanus in Europe programme, whether or not established business contacts with Japan already exist.

Length, timing and costs of traineeship

You will receive a Japanese student as a trainee for a period of eight months (August 2014 to March 2015).

Your company will be responsible for covering the following costs:

  • a contribution of € 6,600, to be paid to the EU-Japan Centre.
  • national taxes & costs linked with wages, visas, work permits, if applicable (*)

Laws on issues such as visas and social security contribution within the EU are set at national level. Vulcanus is normally exempt from social security contributions. Nonetheless your company will be liable for any further costs arising from applicable law in the Member State in question. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or assistance.

(*) For Companies based in the UK: see more information on visa costs in the information flyer in English and in the Vulcanus application form.

The Centre will give a grant to the student, to cover the travel and the accommodation costs.

Traineeship contract

Prior to the trainee's arrival in Europe, i.e. four months before the traineeship begins, you will sign a traineeship contract with the trainee and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, which lays down the rights and the responsibilities of all parties.

Margherita Rosada
Vulcanus Manager
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 37 15
Fax: +32 (0)2 282 00 45