Léargas manage international and national exchange programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training. These exchanges connect people in different communities and countries, and bring an international dimension to the work of organisations across Ireland. We are the National Agency for Erasmus+ in Adult Education, School Education, Vocational Education and Training, and Youth.
We have built a national and international reputation for effectively managing significant levels of funding to support international collaboration and exchange. We have also built a reputation for a friendly and supportive approach to programme applicants and beneficiaries.
Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation (CHY 8317), wholly owned by the Department of Education and Skills. Our Board is appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
Léargas was established in 1986 to support international exchange and collaboration in the youth sector, mainly through European Commission-funded education and training programmes. In the succeeding years, we broadened our range from the youth sector to include formal and informal education and training. In addition to European programmes like Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action, we have run a range of nationally funded programmes such as the Education Equality Initiative and WorldWise, as well as joint Ireland-Britain programmes NcompasS and Causeway.
In late 2013, as the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes came to a close, Léargas made a series of short videos on the value of European cooperation and exchange programmes – each story is told by someone who has benefited directly from taking part. To get an idea of the diversity of people’s experiences, have a look at the ‘Live Share Inspire’ playlist on our YouTube channel. Our Executive Director Jim Mullin introduces the videos below.