New EU exchange programme "ALMA”


Successful practices from Germany’s ESF programme "Integration through Exchange (IdA)" will soon be implemented throughout Europe. With the new EU exchange programme called ALMA, young people not in employment, education or training will have the opportunity to acquire work experience abroad.

In her State of the Union speech on 15 September 2021, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced a new European exchange programme for young adults not in employment, education or training. For this group, the EU will launch a new programme called ALMA ("Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve"). "ALMA will help these young Europeans to find temporary work experience in another Member State," said von der Leyen. She stressed that Europe needed all its youth: "We must step up our support to those who fall into the gaps. – those not in any kind of employment, education or training.” She said that the exchanges would make it possible for the young adults "to gain skills, to create bonds and help forge their own European identity."

With ALMA, the EU is taking up the approach of an exchange programme for disadvantaged young people which has already successfully been implemented in Germany through