Making an Application

Nature Exchange 4 – Managing our Cultural and Heritage Assets   (NET4) Erasmus+ Key action 1 Adult Education project The NET project aims to improve staff competencies and add a European dimension to nature, conservation, interpretation and environmental management for Scottish managers, trainer’s, advisors and training planners.  ARCH work with a consortium of Scottish organisations to deliver the NET programme.

There are no spaces left on courses for 2019.

Dates for 2020 will be announced as soon as they become available, in many cases at similar dates to 2019. The exact dates and times will depend on favourable airline bookings.

The reports from 2019 are very useful in helping you to decide which programme is going to be most relevant to you. There are a range of individual reports and films, as well as a summary report of NET4 in 2019. Visit the Reports section of the website.

What the grant covers:

Training costs and fees: to the host organisation

Accommodation:   During the study visit. It does not cover any expenses incurred prior to the visit commencing or at the end of the visit. (E.g. staying in a hotel before departure or being collected from a designated collection point.)

The NET programme visits some of the most beautiful and rural areas of Europe. Please be aware that there may be shared accommodation, usually twin room, during the visits. 

Food:   The Grant covers the main meals, or equivalent packed lunches etc., for the group throughout the study visit.  This will vary from country to country but the basics will always be covered.

Travel:  Travel during the study visit is covered by the grant. It does not include any travel expenses incurred by the participant prior to being collected from the meeting point or at the end of the study visit after leaving the rest of the group. If a participant wants to pursue activities outwith the group, in their free time, then they must pay for any travel expenses incurred themselves.

There is a small grant available to cover exceptional costs for those traveling from the Islands

How to apply.

The application form is available on the web page or from ARCH at

NET (Nature Exchange Training) is about providing appropriate, useful educational/training opportunities that fit within your own training needs (so if you have a personal development plan, annual objectives etc that this supports that might be helpful). You should also consider how you would share any learning outcomes with colleagues.

Who can go?

These opportunities are open to ‘Adult Education Staff’ – that is – those who have a role in disseminating information, skills or informal training to   colleagues, staff, in their own or other organisations or to the public.

Do I need to take annual leave to go on these trips?

Please have a conversation with your line manager about this as individual situations will vary.


Participants must purchase their own European Travel Insurance for the duration of the study visit. Participants must have a European health card available though the Post Office or online at We will await further details on how BREXIT will affect EHIC and travel insurance and share with participants at preparation meetings.

Links to Destination Countries

Consortium Members

Scottish Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Plantlife International, Caithness Horizons, Earth Building UK and Ireland, John Muir Trust, RSPB, Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Trees for Life, Scotland’s Rural College. Archaeology Scotland and  The Scottish countryside Rangers Association