Erasmus+

Erasmus+

Erasmus+


Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland. Funding of almost €170 million has been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme.

Erasmus+ funding is available to all sectors (or fields) of formal, informal and non-formal education. Structurally, Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ describing the kind of project activities possible.

What are the programme objectives?

Erasmus+ aims to  modernise and improve the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe, and to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices. These objectives are closely tied with the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020 for all of Europe’s citizens. Fundamental goals for Erasmus+ include improving key competences and skills, and fostering partnerships between education and employment.  The programme also seeks to promote European values as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union: respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Who can participate?

Erasmus+ is open to private or public organisations active in the fields of adult education, higher education, school education, sport, vocational education and training, and youth and community work, in any participating country.  While the programme enables individuals to travel, work, volunteer and study abroad, project applications from individuals themselves are not accepted. However, individuals may apply to attend Transnational Cooperation Activities with the support of their organisations.

Management and Structure

Management of the programme is divided between the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DGEAC) of the European Commission, and National Agencies in the participating countries. Léargas is the Irish National Agency for Erasmus+ in the adult education, school education, vocational education and training, and youth fields. For Erasmus+ in higher education, please contact the Higher Education Authority.

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
LéargasMonday, November 20th, 2017 at 6:30am
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our #VETskillsPhoto2017 Photo Competition! For our first day of #EUVocationalSkills Week we are delighted to feature the Beauty Therapy students of Longford College of Further Education.

" I decided to do the nail course that the college offered as I know Gel Nails are so popular, and I wanted to learn how to do them. One day I plan to open my own salon and know that the more courses I do and the more skills I learn the more I can offer my clients" - Lucia

Follow #EUVocationalSkills #DiscoveryYourTalent all week at: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1261
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LéargasMonday, November 20th, 2017 at 12:46am
It's European Vocational Skills Week! This year's theme is 'Discover Your Talent.' Check out Inchicore College of Further Education blog post about their Erasmus+ placement and to learn more about VET Skills Week follow this link. http://bit.ly/2jGEqUC 😀🇪🇺️
Léargas
Léargas shared AONTAS's post.Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 12:01am
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Léargas shared IAESTE LC Dublin's post.Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 9:42pm
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LéargasWednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 8:00pm
If you work in the school sector and are not entirely familiar with Erasmus+, Discovery Days are an excellent opportunity for generating project ideas and to learn about funding opportunities involving school staff and pupils. Join us on Weds 29 November from 7pm – 9pm Drumcondra Education Centre,
For more info and to apply email pdukic@leargas.ie

Learning mobility for individuals:

‘Mobility’ in this context simply means physical travel from one country to another for the purpose of learning or professional experience. This action therefore allows organisations to send staff, trainers, students, or young people to other European countries to undertake a dedicated period of learning or professional experience, such as job shadowing, training, volunteering, or gaining work experience.

Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Strategic Partnerships):

This encourages organisations across Europe to form strategic partnerships with each other to develop and use innovative methods in teaching, training, and youth work, and to share these results with the wider community. Note that two other actions possible under KA2, Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances, are managed centrally by DGEAC.

Support for Policy Reform:

This action is open to the Youth field only and supports dialogue between young people and policy makers. Each Key Action is subdivided by the sector involved, as the application procedure and rules differ for each field. For in-depth information about Erasmus+, download the European Commission’s Programme Guide.