LEO-NET is a European association of experts or parties involved in international traineeship mobility, active in the field of skills development and youth employment. LEO-NET forms an international network of affiliated Higher Education Institutions, mobility consortia and related organisations. LEO-NET is a neutral, non-profit organisation, with a democratic and transparent structure.

LEO-NET´s mission

  • To enhance the prospects of students and young graduates for sustainable careers in a globalizing & inclusive society where each talent counts
  • To promote international traineeship mobility and international learning mobility
  • To empower students, graduates and other individuals for the future, valuing all learning opportunities for young talents.
  • To facilitate employability by fostering all talents in the view of sustainable careers in a globalizing, sustainable and inclusive society
  • To promote intercultural understanding

More than 20 years of experience
LEO-NET was founded in Maastricht (NL) in 1999, emerging from the needs in the framework of the former European LEONARDO-programme. Hence the name LEO-NET. It also refers to LEO-NET’s strength, vigour and endurance over the years.

LEO-NET has a solid network structure and facilitates the exchange of expertise and good practices; serving as a breeding ground for cooperation on a regional, national and transnational level. It creates opportunities for members to stay informed and updated on multiple levels, inspiring and empowering them towards the network’s shared ambition.

LEO-NET endorses the objectives of the EU Commission 
in its endeavours to support Youth Employment, The European Youth Guarantee, the EU Social Agenda. Hence LEO-NET’s flagship colours are blue and yellow. We maintain strong communication lines to policy makers on different levels; though LEO-NET has its own independent and critical voice.


LEO-NET endorses the UN Sustainable Development Goals in particular
quality education (4) – gender equality (5) – decent work & economic growth (8) – partnerships for the goals (17).