FOI Organisation Details

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: 5
Higher Executive Officer: 10
Executive Officer: 24
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

In 2018 Léargas published an Impact Study carried out by its Impact Research Officer in 2017-18 on Erasmus+ International Work Placements for Vocational Learners from Ireland.

Research began in 2018 for three studies that will be published in 2019:

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.

Are you worried about the impact Covid-19 has had on young people, learners, teachers and trainers? Need help? Did you know that you can apply for Strategic Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness and Creativity funding? Apply by 11am on 29 Oct! bit.ly/331d2VA

Listen up! 🎧 Two @BCFE_Official students took part in a fantastic feature exploring the #ErasmusPlus experience on the All Points North podcast, so sit back, press play, and hear how JJ and Tirna found their feet in Finland as Erasmus+ students! bit.ly/2Sb6qy1

Join us to celebrate this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects on October 13th! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops! For more info, take a look here bit.ly/3hh7vOS

Twitter Media

How will you celebrate the #EuropeanDayofLanguages in your classroom? We can't wait to hear from you all, so don't forget to share your experiences with us and @leargas_eli! #coeEDL

Twitter Media

Join us this Thurs morn @10am for our 1st @DelsaDigital multiplier event. We will showcase the work of the project which provides training and educational resources for adults to advance their digital competencies and skills. Register for FREE on us02web.zoom.us/webinar/regist… 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.
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LéargasThursday, September 24th, 2020 at 11:00pm
Listen up! 🎧 Ballyfermot College of Further Education shared with us a fantastic interview which took place with two of their students on the All Points North podcast. Sit back, press play, and hear how JJ, Tirna (and more!) found their feet in Finland as Erasmus+ students! 🎧 https://bit.ly/3cyILAW
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LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 11:08pm
Join us on October 13th to celebrate this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops. For more information, just take a look here! https://bit.ly/33m7rs7
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LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 1:05am
Big shout out to Youth Information Officers across the country helping young people to explore European opportunities! Hear all about #EUSolidarityCorps from Kasia in Donegal Youth Service! If you'd like to learn more about the programme get in touch with us! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1121673938200487&extid=oBvR7OGZhOp565qR
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Donegal Youth Service
Check out this short information video about European Solidarity Corps opportunities for young people aged 18-30! Things are paused due to the current situation, but now is the perfect time to start planning for the future! Where will you go?! Listen to Youth Information Officer Kasia explain it all. Any queries, pop on over to the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre or email Kasia directly on katarzyna.kurzeja@donegalyouthservice.ie
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LéargasSunday, September 20th, 2020 at 11:55pm
📣HAVE YOUR SAY! 📣
The #ErasmusPlus project results platform is getting a new look! Our colleagues in Erasmus+ are looking for two organisations to help shape the look and usability at a Design Assessment workshop on Friday 25 September between 10 - 12.
All you need is enthusiasm and an internet connection! If you’d like to take part, send us an email at comms@leargas.ie by 16:00 tomorrow 22 September.
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LéargasSunday, September 20th, 2020 at 9:30pm
This week’s Webinar Wednesday is all about language learning in European programmes. Aimed at those in VET and School Education, it will explore multiple topics including:
How the language learning experience is meaningful in the context of participants’ life
How Erasmus+ mobilities impacts participants’ linguistic awareness and confidence
And much more!
If you would like to attend, just register now at https://bit.ly/3gRe4az
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