The Leonardo Da Vinci (LdV) programme was launched in 1995 based on an initiative from the social partners and the economic sectors in Europe. It is a part of the European Commission's new Lifelong Learning Programme and is designed to build a skilled workforce through European partnerships. Through its support for mobility, the Leonardo da Vinci Programme offers trainees initial vocational training and those already on the labour market a unique chance to gain training and work experience in a foreign country. It allows them to acquire new competences and professional skills, and in addition develops their capacities to adapt to a new environment. It supports the exchange of trainers and human resources managers' experiences between European countries.