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.

Check out this #ErasmusPlus training focusing on sports and outdoor activities in #YouthWork. Apply by 29/05! bit.ly/2rY2RN8 pic.twitter.com/2nR1K4lTh7

Youth workers! Complete this short survey & help us plan how to best support you & orgs with Erasmus+ funding! bit.ly/2qjoM46

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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LéargasFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 9:00am
We're busy researching and working with our European colleagues to plan training opportunities for the Youth sector in 2018/19. We need your insight to inform this process so that the training opportunities offered will respond to your needs. We want to hear what kinds of themes are emerging from your work with young people? What kinds of methodologies/tools would you like to develop to enhance your practice? Do you know how to find partners? What kind of training would support your capacity to develop Erasmus+ opportunities in the Youth sector?

Please take 10-15 minutes of your time to respond to our survey. Your insight and input will play an invaluable role in shaping Youth training opportunities over the next couple of years.

Complete our Youth Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BY3LYQG
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LéargasFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 3:00am
Do you work with young people? Check out 'SOAP III' taking place in Luxembourg in July! This training course explores the power of sport and outdoor education in youth work and the possibilities they bring to young people in terms of education and social inclusion. Apply by 29 May here: http://bit.ly/2rY2RN8
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Léargas shared Adult Learning in Ireland's post.Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 2:48am
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Léargas shared Cavan Institute's post.Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 1:20am
Best wishes to Jason McNally, Kevin J Traynor and Jason Reilly on their Erasmus+ placement in Valencia, Spain. Jason, Kevin and Jason are Motor Vehicle Maintenance students in Cavan Institute. If you'd like your vocational education and training students to benefit from European placements find out more at: http://www.leargas.ie/programmes/erasmusplus/vet/about/
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Léargas shared Killorglin Community College's post.Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 1:14am
Congratulations to Killorglin Community College for all their hard work in #eTwinning & #ErasmusPlus :) If you'd like to learn more about #eTwinning visit: http://www.leargas.ie/programmes/eTwinning/

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.