The Department of Employment in the United Kingdom has issued a call for expressions of interest for organizations wishing to participate in the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme in support of vocational training. The programme was officially launched on 2 March 1995, at the initiative of the French Presidency and with the support of the European Commission, represented by Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for science, research and development, and education and training. The Council of Ministers has allocated a minimum of ECU 620 million for the period 1995-1999 to LEONARDO DA VINCI to extend the life of Community vocational training projects, such as COMETT, PETRA, LINGUA and FORCE. LEONARDO DA VINCI is designed for students, young people following basic training courses, and workers undergoing continuing training. It has four objectives: - To improve the quality of vocational training in Europe; - To encourage exchanges and placements; - To achieve a better understanding of vocational training, i.e. how it works and what the real needs are; - To encourage adaptation to the information society. The call for expressions of interest is in anticipation of the European Commission's call for proposals under the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme. The Commission's call has not yet been published. The call launched by the UK Department of Employment concerns the following areas: - Transnational placements and exchanges of young trainees, young workers and trainers; - Transnational pilot projects to support vocational training systems and arrangements in Member States; - Transnational pilot projects and exchanges to support improvement of language skills; - Dissemination of innovation in vocational training.