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.

#EVS in action!…

Great to see @The_MEAG getting their #ErasmusPlus KA2 project off to a great start! Looking at #apprenticeships and……

Contact us by 16:00 today to register for this upcoming #eTwinning Webinar taking place 15 February at 17:00!……


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 20 years. Léargas currently has 35 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France 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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The deadline to register for our Erasmus+ EVS Best Practice Study Visit is fast approaching! Apply by 20 February!
LéargasFriday, February 17th, 2017 at 2:27am
Has your language teacher inspired you to learn another language? Do you work with a language teacher that you think deserves recognition for the work they do? If so why not nominate them for the individual category of the European Language Label awards 2017?

The closing date is 28 February 2017. To find out more about the European Language Label visit:
LéargasWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 6:27am
We officially celebrated the retirement of our dear colleague Eva Creely today! Best wishes on the happiest of retirements Eva. It's been an honour working with you!
LéargasWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 6:21am
Today we bid a fond farewell to Pat Halley who retires after over 20 years with Léargas. We wish you the happiest of retirements Pat, full of travel to the places and people you love! It's been an honour working with you!
LéargasTuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:55pm
Alex O'Mahony is a primary school learning support teacher at Holy Spirit Boys’ National School in Ballymun. Through Erasmus+ he visited Berlin to learn about 'Welcome Classes' for #refugees. Read all about it in this week's blog:

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.