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: 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.

This year the theme of European #YouthWeek is #DemocracyAndMe. On #May4 @ATDIreland will celebrate it's 20 years' approach in Ireland: building #Democracy with some of the most marginalised & isolated young adults and make there voices heard: eventbrite.ie/e/the-big-hell… @Leargas twitter.com/ATDIreland/sta… Retweeted by Léargas

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We're getting ready for European #YouthWeek! If you are planning to organise an event on the theme of #DemocracyAndMe contact us for your Youth Week pack! Email youthweek@leargas.ie or find out more about activities happening in Ireland at: leargas.xtensio.com/europeanyouthw…

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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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Léargas shared a link.Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 12:25am
The Power of One – A Voice
Léargas
LéargasWednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 12:01am
We're getting ready for European #YouthWeek! If you are planning to organise an event on the theme of #DemocracyAndMe contact us for your Youth Week pack! Email youthweek@leargas.ie or find out more about activities happening in Ireland at:

https://leargas.xtensio.com/europeanyouthweek2019
Léargas
LéargasTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 9:01am
This year the theme of European #YouthWeek is #DemocracyAndMe. Organise your event with one of our European Youth Week packs and make your voices heard. Contact youthweek@leargas.ie for your pack! Find out more about what is happening in Ireland here

https://leargas.xtensio.com/europeanyouthweek2019
Léargas
LéargasTuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 2:41am
📢We are delighted to announce the second Erasmus+ Schools Week. This week-long celebration of Erasmus+ activities will take place from 30 September – 04 October across Ireland. Erasmus+ Schools Week 2019 will be a great opportunity for primary schools, secondary schools and other organisations involved in Erasmus+ School Education to celebrate their participation and share their experiences. ➡️ https://bit.ly/2VLUMK0
Léargas
LéargasMonday, April 15th, 2019 at 9:56pm
Léargas is delighted to host the eTwinning Thematic Conference in 2019. The conference will be held from 09 – 11 May for eTwinning Schools Label holders from across the eTwinning community in Europe and Irish teachers who are interested in applying for the label.
Find out more here https://bit.ly/2F7CZrm