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Freedom of Information

Background

Roles and responsibilities
Léargas manages exchange and cooperation programmes in the formal, non-formal and informal education, training and youth sectors. For a full description, see the Programmes section of this website. For an overview of the different roles and responsibilities in Léargas, see Meet the team. In managing programmes, we gather information from applicants and beneficiaries which is stored online in European Commission databases and locally in the Léargas office.

For programme administration, the classes of records held are:

  • Programme information
  • Workplans and budgets for each programme
  • Application and report forms
  • Contact details for organisations and individuals
  • Eligibility and assessment records
  • Minutes of National Selection Committee meetings
  • Signed contracts
  • General correspondence
  • Financial records (grants payments, invoices etc.)
  • Narrative, financial, statistical and qualitative reports on projects and programmes
  • Reports on monitoring and audit visits
  • Responses to RFIs by National Authorities and other public bodies.

For day-to-day organisational work, the classes of records held are:

  • General correspondence
  • General administration records
  • Financial records
  • HR records
  • Bids and tenders
  • Operational and other contracts
  • Minutes of Board meetings
  • Observations and responses to National Authorities.

Much of this information is not shared publicly: staff in Léargas, the relevant government departments, the European Commission and other agencies and evaluators with whom Léargas works have access to the information for work purposes.

Information on funded organisations is provided on our website (for example here), as required by programme rules. Project details are also shared publicly on the European Commission’s Project Results Platform. Contact details of organisations are not displayed on this platform unless the organisation itself has chosen to do so.

Governance and management of Léargas are described here.

The Léargas strategy for 2018-2020 is available here: Strategy Statement.

Annual Reports

Organisation and pay grade
The number of staff at each pay grade is as follows:
Principal Officer: 1
Assistant PO: 4
Higher Executive Officer: 8
Executive Officer: 20
Clerical Officer: 4

Location and contact details

Links to other agencies: the NCGE operates under the aegis of Léargas.

Service Level Agreements:
A draft SLA is currently under review by the Department of Education and Skills and will be published here when approved.

Customer Charter: see the Léargas Quality Customer Charter.

Codes of Practice and Guidelines
See our Child Safeguarding Statement; our Privacy Policy and Legal Statement and other codes and procedures are available on our Governance page.

Services provided
Léargas manages exchange and cooperation programmes in the formal, non-formal and informal education, training and youth sectors. For a full description, see the Programmes section of this website.

How to access our services
For most programmes, there are deadlines each year by which you must apply for funding. See each programme’s section for more detail. To contact us, check the Meet the Team page or the Contact & Support section for each programme.

For most programmes, there is no cost; IAESTE requires an application fee.

How we administer the services
We administer the programmes according to European Commission and/or Departmental guidelines. For more details, see each programme’s ‘How to’ page.

How we manage appeals
The appeals process for Erasmus+ is detailed here (scroll down the page). We also operate under the guidelines of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Research on our work
Together with NUI Maynooth, Léargas is part of the RAY Network which is carrying out research into the impact of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action funding stream. You can read more about this on the Léargas blog.

Financial statements for Léargas are included in each year’s Annual Report.

Plans for Capital Expenditure: N/A at present.

Payments for goods and services. N/A at present.

Board members do not receive remuneration; details of their travel and subsistence expenses are included in each year’s Annual Report.

Léargas does not provide funding or sponsorship directly to non-public bodies. Public and non-public bodies may apply for project-grants under the programmes we manage. Details of funded organisations are provided in the relevant parts of the website, for example: Erasmus+ Youth Funded Projects

Procurement policies: Léargas follows the guidelines set by the Office of Government Procurement.

Léargas uses the eTenders website as required.

Public contracts awarded. One public contract awarded in 2016.

Léargas reports regularly on its FOI requests to the Department of Education and Skills.

Internal audits: Léargas Internal Audit Charter

Reports: Léargas publishes Annual Reports each year.

Lists of Erasmus+ funded projects are available on this site, each published under the ‘Funded projects’ menu item (e.g. for Erasmus+ School Education>Funded Projects).

The Léargas remit does not include making decisions on policy in the areas of education or youth work. However, Léargas provides input into policy making at both national and European level as requested by the relevant Government Departments or the European Commission. For more information on relevant policies check the Policy section of our Resources page.

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish information in conformity with a model publication scheme or guidelines made by the Minister. This page contains such information, organised into tabs above.

Learn about the benefits of @eTwinningEurope and @EUErasmusPlus to you and your school and be ready to apply for funding under the #ErasmusPlus October deadline! Apply for this course by 31/07! leargas.ie/programmes/etw…

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📣Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. We've rolling application deadlines with the next deadline on 07 August!📆Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ 😀 #jobfairy

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Tool Fair XIII #PowerUp! will provide a stimulating environment for varied approaches and practices for those working to support Youth Empowerment focusing on Human Rights, Active Participation, Intercultural Dialogue, Social Inclusion and Mental Health. trainings.salto-youth.net/7361

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This cross-sectoral conference will highlight good practices and exchange ideas on the approaches to literacy for migrant pupils in schools and their family members. Deadline for applications is 05 September. bit.ly/2ySQBRV

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Youth workers! The aim of the BiTriMulti course is to offer an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, newcomers welcome! bit.ly/2Jt923h

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Eurobug Youth Group is so excited to be hosted by the Irish the ambassador at @IrishEmbVilnius today after the performance of #Bridgesnotwallsmigration in Vilnius! We had great discussion about Lithuania and Ireland.Thank you! @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

Want to get started with #eTwinning? Book a 30-minute online session with us and learn how to register, use the TwinSpace and more! youtube.com/watch?v=4Ri8b7…

🇮🇪Ireland is celebrating #ErasmusPlus with July's "European Union(s)" photo exhibition in Stephen's Green hosted by @FranceinIreland. @TemplemoreCFE has sent 70 students on Erasmus in 8 years & was recently awarded the Erasmus+ Charter. See ec.europa.eu/ireland/sites/… #EU45stories Retweeted by Léargas

Day 4 in Ljubljana - Thinking Tools of Edward de Bono really coming together now! @BalbrigganETNS @Leargas #Erasmusplus Retweeted by Léargas

Learn about the benefits of @eTwinningEurope and @EUErasmusPlus to you and your school and be ready to apply for funding under the #ErasmusPlus October deadline! Apply for this course by 31/07! leargas.ie/programmes/etw…

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Competition that prevents sharing knowledge is a real risk to community education @LizWatersVCC. - #EPALE provides a platform for adult educators to freely share knowledge, ideas & resources ec.europa.eu/epale/ Retweeted by Léargas

Day 3 of 'Teaching Creativity in Schools' kicking off with another new strategy! @BalbrigganETNS @Leargas #erasmusplus Retweeted by Léargas

Final rehearsals of our performance. Working together. Learning together. Living together. Building bridges together. #BridgesNotWallsMigration @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus See you at 4pm. #Utena #Lithuania #activeyouth #performing Retweeted by Léargas

'Kickstart' is a jobs initiative, by @probation_irl and Irish Prison Service, to increase employment for people with criminal convictions. Read more about Kickstart ow.ly/Fpj450hZLL1 and find more on prison #education here ow.ly/ZkEq50hZLLp Retweeted by Léargas

In July we focus on why #basicskills education and #vocational education have an important role to play in the reintegration of #prisoners, check out our resources and don’t hesitate to comment! bit.ly/2tzJ8FW Retweeted by Léargas

Did we mention we're hiring? 😀 (It's #emojiday ). Rolling deadlines over the summer: first one tomorrow! Check our jobs page: leargas.ie/jobs/ #jobfairy #comeworkwithme

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Teachers! Gain 3 EPV days and learn about the benefits of @eTwinningEurope and @EUErasmusPlus at our summer school! Please spread the word to colleagues interested in CPD opportunities and bringing an international dimension to their work. Apply by 31/07! leargas.ie/programmes/etw…

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We had a great #CCYS workshop @TitanicHotelBel with some amazing young people from our @SwimUlster clubs. Our @EUErasmusPlus + @Leargas is coming to a close but the Club Captains in Youth Sport workshop will continue to grow :) Retweeted by Léargas

We have extended the application deadline for our DES-approved course "Connecting Schools across Europe: eTwinning and Erasmus+" until 31/072018. All primary school teachers are eligible. Apply on leargas.ie/programmes/etw… #eTwinningIRL Retweeted by Léargas

⚽️🏀🏓Sport plays a very important role in our societies. It can be a very powerful tool for education and inclusion when working with young people. Check out this training course in Spain from the 24 - 29 September. Apply by 31 July bit.ly/2KRT0Sn 🎾

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☀️Are you part of an organisation or informal group that is new to Erasmus+ or wants to get to know about new opportunities for international activities within this programme? ☀️ bit.ly/2siPU2p

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This cross-sectoral conference will highlight good practices and exchange ideas on the approaches to literacy for migrant pupils in schools and their family members. Deadline for applications is 05 September. bit.ly/2ySQBRV

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Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. Rolling deadlines, first one 18 July! Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ #jobfairy

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Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. Rolling deadlines, first one 18 July! Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ #jobfairy

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Opening circle of 'Bridges Not Walls! Migration' international youth exchange project. We are so looking forward to getting to know each other and living together in Lithuania for upcoming week! 😁 @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

Dimitra Papadimitriou from the University of #Patras is speaking at #sesba conference on Supporting the internationalisation of #socialenterprise: the activities of #ErasmusPlus @Intsense. @LimerickIT is project partner. @RDI_at_LIT @GlyndwrUni #socent @Leargas Retweeted by Léargas

Participants at 'Bridges Not Walls! Migration' project starting to know each other in Antaliepte. We have a feeling its going to be fulfilling week! @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus @ApiceUe Retweeted by Léargas

Are you micro, small or medium entrepreneur? If so this Award is for you! As part of European Vocational Skills Week, the European Commission is hosting a Training at Work Award 2018 for cooperation between employers and employees. ow.ly/PAis50hYlGj Retweeted by Léargas

Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. Rolling deadlines, first one 18 July! Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ #jobfairy

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Are you a primary school teacher in Ireland who wants to collaborate with other teachers in Europe through #eTwinning and @EUErasmusPlus? You're the right candidate for our DES-approved course then. Register on our website before 13/07! #eTwinningIRL twitter.com/Leargas/status… Retweeted by Léargas

Youth workers and youth leaders! 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️This seminar is a great opportunity to develop new practices of youth work that reaches out to young people in the “NEET” situation. bit.ly/2JkYZhk 🇮🇪🇪🇺😁

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⚽️🏀🏓 ⚽Sport plays a very important role in our societies. It can be a very powerful tool for education and inclusion when working with young people. Check out this training course in Spain from the 24 - 29 September. Apply by 31 July bit.ly/2KRT0Sn ⚽🏀🏓

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#jobfairy We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. Rolling deadlines, first one 18 July! Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ 😀 #JobVacancy @JobFairyHQ

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The start of our International Youth Exchange project 'Bridges Not Walls! Migration' organised by Eurobug under Erasmus+ program, financed by @Leargas. Participants from Ireland, Lithuania, Spain and Italy will be living, learning and creating together for upcoming 10 days! Retweeted by Léargas

Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. Rolling deadlines, first one 18 July! Check out our website for more: leargas.ie/jobs/ #jobfairy

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There's still time to register for our DES approved summer course in August! Learn about #eTwinning and #ErasmusPlus and gain 3 EPV days. Start your journey into international CPD opportunities! Apply before 13 July here: leargas.ie/programmes/etw…

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Do adult educators have a role in helping adult learners work through complex issues connected with the pursuit of happiness? Join the conversation on #EPALE: ow.ly/Psqe50hTStu Retweeted by Léargas

Apply for this #eTwinning seminar we are organising in collaboration with @eTwinningUK in Belfast in November! Details on the @Leargas website! #eTwinningIRL leargas.ie/programmes/etw… twitter.com/eTwinningUK/st… Retweeted by Léargas

The Grundvig Award Winning Project "Master ToT" aims at boosting the skills of #adultedu staff by helping them to get a professional trainer qualification bit.ly/2J9M5Sy #internationalcooperation #mastertrainers #laopdr #development Retweeted by Léargas

What an amazing week, an amazing bunch and an amazing opportunity. If you havent taken the Erasmus plunge I would so advise you do it. #justdoit #erasmus @Leargas Retweeted by Léargas

This week in Glyfada Greece, we have been learning how to teach STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics through Irish. A CLIL class will help pupils learn new subject material while they are also learning a new language i.e Gaeilge @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

A great approach to digital content :-). Watch out for that spider though... twitter.com/StMarysPPS/sta…

Sincerest thanks to James Bilson from @YMCAIreland Cobh for his inspiring blog about their @EUErasmusPlus #YouthExchange with partners in Iceland. Treat yourself to a read of '6 Steps to our Youth Exchange' and contact us to plan your own 🇮🇪🇪🇺🚀: leargas.ie/blog/6-steps-e…

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Българска вечер l IRELAND DAY 2 youtu.be/K9kLSsUjJtE via @YouTube thanks to our Bulgarian group we have these daily clips pf our exchange last week. Please check them out @leargas Retweeted by Léargas

Léargas

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
Léargas
LéargasSaturday, July 21st, 2018 at 10:00pm
Learn about the benefits of @eTwinningEurope and @EUErasmusPlus to you and your school and be ready to apply for funding under the #ErasmusPlus October deadline! Apply for this course by 31/07! https://www.leargas.ie/programmes/etwinning/professional-learning/
Léargas
LéargasFriday, July 20th, 2018 at 8:55pm
Working in school or adult education? This cross-sectoral conference on literacy for young migrants and their families is a great opportunity to exchange good practices and methods.✏️📒 For more info bit.ly/2KV8qoH 🗓️Apply by 05 Sept bit.ly/2rQQph5
Léargas
LéargasFriday, July 20th, 2018 at 10:20am
Great to meet this inspirational bunch of young people and youth workers at the "Building Walls, Breaking Walls" #ErasmusPlus project on Cape Clear this week! Thanks for your warmth and hospitality guys! Enjoy the rest of the Youth Exchange!🎧🎤🎬🎥🌞
Léargas
LéargasFriday, July 20th, 2018 at 7:55am
Youth workers! A Youth Exchange needs content – behind the content are tools! This training courses enables participants to explore tools around group processes, intercultural learning, involvement of young people and how to facilitate these tools during a youth exchange. Apply by 15 August. https://bit.ly/2l2P9Gz
Léargas
LéargasThursday, July 19th, 2018 at 9:46pm
📢Léargas is hiring! We've a few positions opening up in the coming weeks. We've rolling application deadlines with the next deadline on 07 August!📆 Check out our website for more: https://www.leargas.ie/jobs/ 😀 #jobfairy