Grants for Study Visits

The general aim of the project is to promote innovation in intergenerational learning, identifying, developing and disseminating effective models for the learning development and the professionalization of the younger generations and the generational shift of goldsmith, silversmith and gemology enterprises.

To this purpose the Prime project will provide 50 sub-grants to young people for study visits. The study visit is a short stay of three/five days in a host country for a group of young new or aspiring entrepreneurs engaged in the mentoring programme and project staff. The study visit includes presentations and on-site visits to businesses and business associations, educational and training institutions, training sites, exchange and sharing of experiences among the young new or aspiring entrepreneurs, exchange and learning on themes of common interest.

Any new or aspiring young entrepreneurs enrolled in the programme may be proposed for the short-term study visit, provided that he/she: is able to show that he/she is motivated to deepen his/her knowledge in the programme for reasons related to his/her professional development and he/she is committed to be ambassador in his/her country.

Legal criteria for selection:

1.1 New Entrepreneurs are defined as entrepreneurs in the early stages. This includes: a) Would-be entrepreneurs who are firmly planning to start their own business in the gemmology and jewellery sector based on a concrete project reflected in a substantiated business plan; New Entrepreneurs who have been running their family business in the gemmology and jewellery sector for less than 3 years at the time of application.

1.2 Age: between 18 - 35 years old

Geographical criteria:

2.1 Interested young candidates must have their ‘permanent residence’ and/or their nationality in any of the partner organisations’ countries (IT, EL, RL, ET) to participate in the scheme The maximum amount of a subā€grant is limited to € 1500 per young aspiring entrepreneurs.

For any information, please refer to the contact person mentioned in the “Contact” section of this website.

PRIME | Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries

The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French ( 

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

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