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Boost your career with a combined vocational training course and EU work experience!



Gecko offers a free vocational short course in the UK that is followed by a work placement and further learning with one of our European partners.

The courses are as follows:

  • Digital Marketing – 08/08/2016, 09/08/2016, 15/08/2016

Once a course is completed, you have the opportunity to complete a voluntary work placement in Italy or Spain. This is offered to those who are interested in enhancing their career prospects and employability.

Our programmes are funded by the EU, which means we will pay for your accommodation and travel (including flights), as well as a subsistence allowance. It really is a fantastic opportunity!

The destinations we are sending to are:

  • Lanciano, Italy: 25/08 – 23/10/2016 (60 days)
  • La Coruna, Spain: 08/09 – 29/09/2016 (22 days)
  • Florence, Italy: 12/09 – 10/11/2016 (60 days)
  • Seville, Spain: 06/10 – 04/12/2016 (60 days)

To qualify for the training and work placement you must be aged above 18, be living in the West Midlands, UK, and hold a British/EU passport or National Identity Card. Some experience in the industry sector of your choice would be desirable.


To apply, please complete the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ below, and send it back to us, along with your CV and a covering letter.

VTEC Expression of Interest

For more information, please take a look at the document below:

VTEC Information Sheet

Contact details:

Gecko Programmes Ltd, Technology Centre, University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glashier Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU


Telephone: 01902 837416

Erasmus+ Gecko Consortium

bbc logosHave you just finished a course at College?

If so, you can give your career a boost by taking part in an EU funded project that is being run by Gecko Programmes.

Gecko Programmes is walsall logoDudley col logoworking in partnership with colleges from Birmingham and our own City of Wolverhampton College.

Gecko has been awarded €1.25 million to fund training and work experience in Spain and Italy.  If you take part, your flights, accommodation, training and pocket money (about €90 a week) are all provided.

Gecko is looking to recruit 60 people to go to Italy and Spain for either three or eight weeks:

  • Lanciano, Italy      22 days:  7 April – 28 April
  • Coruna, Spain       22 days:  5 May – 26 May
  • Coruna, Spain       60 days:  26 May – 24 July
  • Florence, Italy      60 days:  2 June – 31 July
  • Lanciano, Italy      60 days:  9 June – 7 August 2016
  • Seville, Spain         60 days:  9 June – 7 August 2016
  • Coruna, Spain       22 days:  16 June – 7 July 2016
  • Florence, Spain     60 days:  1 September – 30 October 2016
  • Coruna, Spain       22 days:  8 September – 29 September 2016
  • Seville, Spain         60 days:  6 October – 4 December 2016
  • Coruna, Spain       60 days:  13 October – 11 December 2016
  • Coruna, Spain       22 days:  10 November – 1 December 2016

To be eligible you need to have completed a vocational course with either South and City College Birmingham, Birmingham Metropolitan College, City of Wolverhampton College, Walsall College, Dudley College or Gecko in the last 12 months.  If you have not completed a vocational course you can join one of Gecko’s short courses.

Pat Cross, the Director of Gecko said, “we have been offering programmes like these for five years now, but gaining this size of contract, and working in partnership with so many colleges, provides a fantastic opportunity to young people that want to give their careers a boost.  Employers value the confidence and sparkle that young people gain from this experience.  We have so many success stories of young people getting jobs and getting their careers on track when they return to the UK.”

If you want to apply or to get more information, you can contact Gecko on 01902 837416, or send an email with your CV and a cover letter to

Find out more

Download the documents below to find out more about this project, or if you wish to apply.


Information-Sheet BCCC-May-Oct

Expression of Interest BBCCC


The “Black Country Creative Consortium” project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This post reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Gecko achieves the Matrix Standard

The Matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.    

Gecko was externally assessed in December 2014, and has now been awarded the Standard.


As Gecko works with jobless people in the Midlands to support them to find employment, and offers training courses to people both in jobs and not, all of those to whom we offer our advice and support services were in scope.

This also included the advice and support services we offer to the participants of our European programmes, either going to work placements in Europe, or coming from Europe for work placement in Birmingham and the Black Country.