Placements in Environmental, Archaeological and Traditional Skills  – PEATS

The placements for 2022 are now open for applications. Please read through each placement page before downloading and sending in the application form


Successful applicants need to inform us of their vaccination status. This will not be the deciding factor on the application, but will allow us to assist them with looking into any additional testing the applicants may need, as some countries have slightly different rules for anyone not vaccinated.

Corona Virus – we are currently dealing with our agency with regards to affected placements for this month. We are still carrying on as usual for placements going ahead in summer until we hear differently. We are in close contact with our hosts and will let all participants know of any changes as soon as we know ourselves.

Background Information

PEATS includes placements that ran under the previous PETS project. PEATS traditional skills placements focus on the significance of re-introducing European traditional crafts that are at risk of being lost forever with an ever-increasing technically advanced society. Rural skills workers form a comparatively small and shrinking proportion of the rural workforce. Since the late nineteenth century, many skills have become extinct or have shrunk to a fraction of their former size and importance. Rural skills and trades play a key role in the leisure, recreation, construction and tourism industries. They help to preserve and maintain the historic environment and service the lifestyle needs of green consumers and country dwellers: they add diversity to the rural economies at a time when the land-based industries are in decline; they are a creative outlet for those wanting an alternative lifestyle in the rural environment. The PEATS initiative is of great importance to the sustainability of the traditional rural industries and has enabled over 300 students from the UK to participate on placements in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and Slovakia.

Eligibility and How to Apply

All applicants must read the Quality Commitment which is available to download at the top of the page.

The traditional skills PEATS placements are open to students who wish to gain experience of rich and varied traditional skills which exist throughout Europe. Participants must have a UK address and are required to attend the full placement duration. To apply participants are required to complete the application form and return it by post to Grampus Heritage along with a written reference (preferably by a lecturer or employer) and a copy of the participants’ passport photo-page. Please read and complete the application carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no strict submission deadline for this programme as we receive, review and allocate places to successful applicants until placements are filled. The website is regularly updated so placements will be specified as full as and when this happens. Why not contact us to express your interest or to discuss placement availability either via email at or telephone on 016973 21516.

Successful applicants will complete ECVET “Sustainable Rural Development, Focus on Culture and Nature” modules during their placement. These will be recorded on applicants Europass Mobility Documents. These modules are practical modules and are included in the itinerary.

In addition to the work experience, participants will have the opportunity to carry out cultural visits and will have free evenings and weekends to gain a broader experience of the host country and culture. Participants will also be required complete an online questionnaire issued by our funders from the EU Erasmus + scheme, based on their experience which should be submitted to Grampus Heritage after returning to the UK. Upon completion of the placement, all participants will be issued with a certificate by the European host partner to demonstrate the work experience they have gained throughout the course of the programme and a Europass Mobility document.

EU Erasmus + Funding / UK Turing Scheme Funding

PEATS placements are funded by the EU Erasmus + and Turing scheme which covers return flights (travel from a major UK airport designated by Grampus), travel insurance, accommodation (basic and arranged by host partners), food and/or a subsistence allowance (equal to three meals a day). Flights and travel insurance are booked by Grampus Heritage in the UK and tickets are then sent out to participants, along with other documents in an information pack.

Erasmus + Online Linguistic Support OLS

As part of the funding, some successful applicants will be required to do a language course through the Erasmus + Online Linguistic Support website. All applicable applicants are required to do this. Successful applicants will receive an email from the OLS website inviting them to do the first, second and course stages of the language course before and after their placement. The applicants will be given a language grade, and it is suggested that the applicant creates a language passport to record the grades achieved.

Erasmus is 30! Have a look at the Erasmus + 30 website to see the celebration.


We are still running our 1 week placements for staff and tutors to all of the advertised host partners. Contact us for more details.

Quote of PETS Bulgaria July 2016 participant (July 2016):

“I have just returned from the Bulgaria trip, and wanted to say a big thank you to all at Grampus for running such an amazing programme. I have left with lots of new and exciting skills and material that I can’t wait to use for future projects! Even more special have been the people that we have met along the way. It really has been a brilliant experience for me, and I can’t thank everyone involved enough!”

PETS  Romania participants (July 2016) said:

“Not only was I apart of a wonderful project spending a month of vocational learning in a beautiful country, I learnt so much more than just the traditional skills. The whole time I spent wondering how I could bring this dying tradition back in a new and exciting way. The placement wasn’t just about learning; I was also encapsulated by my new surrounding of Romanian cultural, from the food, language, architecture and way of life. I would highly recommend anyone to become involved with traveling to a new destination to explore a new understanding of life and perception! Being able to spend a decent amount of time in a country I was lucky enough to meet lots of new and exciting people!”

PETS Ireland participant (July 2016) said:

“If you have the chance to go to Ireland and spend time working with Steven I would take it. What an opportunity it was! My time there put knowledge in my head, happiness in my heart and tears in my eyes, maybe one day I’ll have the pleasure of meeting these lovely folk again, but until then I share my love, gratitude and warm wishes!”

PETS Iceland participant (July 2016) said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Iceland, especially learning about all of the old trades that are still being used on the island.”

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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Please find more information or get in touch with other participants in our PEATS facebook community

Articles featuring Grampus placements:

Grampus Heritage and Sublime Magazine – In 2008 Martin Clark, Director of Grampus picked up a copy of ‘Sublime Magazine’ in an airport lounge. First he looked at all the pictures, then, during the flight, he read every word of text, thinking “these people speak the same language”. Now Sublime are a formal partner of Grampus in the Erasmus Plus Adult Education project ‘Partnership for Rural Improvement & Development in Europe’.  Please use these articles to understand more about the work of Grampus Heritage……and Sublime….


Grampus Heritage and Training Ltd case stud at Erasmus+ website

Emerging Bulgaria (Written by Spyros Bofylatos) 07 February 2017

Rural Revival (Written by 05 July 2017

Empowering Communities – Cyprus – Kato Drys (written by Joan Lawrie)

Slow Santorini  (Written by Laura Andrite Published in Eco Travel) 17 June 201

Europe, People & Shared Culture (Written by Martin Clark Published in Art & Culture) 15 January 2016

Let’s Do What the Vikings Did (Written by Martin Clark Published in Art & Culture) 20 November 2014

Learning the Craft (Written by Martin Clark Published in Art & Culture) 12 August 2014

The Simple Life (Written by Martin Clark Published in Eco Travel) 21 May 2013

Fashion goes rural (Written by Nia Charpentier Published in Fashion) 11 June 2012

Making Iron… the Viking way! (Written by Martin Clark Published in Digital content) 27 June 2012