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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.

Growing a forest of inclusion projects @#SPI Harvesting conference #Saltoyouth #ErasmusPlus #Leargas Retweeted by Léargas

Today we harvest the fruits of our work at the #SPI Harvesting conference and discussed how to be more inclusive in our organisations and how to build more inclusive projects #Leargas #Saltoyouth #ErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

Our Erasmus+ team who are in Marburg, Germany are very busy engaging wuth science each day. This morning they were at Chemikum where they were taking part in many chemistry experiments. This afternoon they explored the old university town of Marburg. @Leargas @ErasmusIreland Retweeted by Léargas

It has been intensive day in Lithuania planning upcoming youth exchange 'Bridges not walls! Migration'...financed by @Leargas. We are looking forward to tomorrow when young people will finalise the program! #erasmusplus #youthempowerment Retweeted by Léargas

The Erasmus+ priorities are about supporting adult educators to build their confidence and broaden their horizons by learning from their European counterparts - Denise Shannon @Leargas #AONTASSummerSchool Retweeted by Léargas

People from management level, tutors, guidance counsellors, youth workers - a huge range of people access Eramus+ Mobilities - Denise Shannon @Leargas #AONTASSummerSchool #AONTASLLL Retweeted by Léargas

Now it’s time to hear from Denise Shannon @Leargas on the Erasmus+ Mobility Project! #AONTASSummerSchool #AONTASLLL Retweeted by Léargas

Meet this lovely bunch in Woodstown this morning on the last day of their youth worker mobility training hosted by Declan & co @YICwaterford #interculturalyouthwork #DiversityandInclusion Retweeted by Léargas

"The EPALE initiative is really important. I think it's an area which has historically been neglected[...] It's more & more important that adults are able to adapt." @AnthonyMannOECD Policy Advisor @OECD. Join #EPALE's community of adult #EDUcators: Retweeted by Léargas

We're at @EPALE_AT's Upskilling Pathways Conference today in Magdas Hotel, Vienna. For those with "refugee background, it is still difficult to find work in Austria" but @magdas_HOTE is run by #refugees, recognising the #skills they offer. Retweeted by Léargas

Our @EUErasmusPlus programme @eVoc16 held our final partner meeting in Galway this week. Led by @nuigalway we worked with our colleagues from ES, IT & NL to plan a series of events this September to disseminate this “validation of competencies online training” #ViTraining Retweeted by Léargas

Looking for a resource to help make your organisation a safe and welcoming space for Travellers? Toolkit now available in the Critical Voice NI Resource section.… @YouthActionNI @Leargas @ywirl @InvolveNavan @dare2leadchange @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

Be Heard: young people in Direct Provision on their lives as asylum seekers in Ireland; ensuring people with power consider these experiences when forming policy goals: how #erasmusplus funding helped the @IrishRefugeeCo achieve this goal: #WorldRefugeeDay

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In recent times over 1m refugees have come to Europe, many of them young people. European Youth workers are looking at ways to support them. On #WorldRefugeeDay, read how an Irish youth worker got training in this area through #erasmusplus:

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Today we are launching the New Horizons for work programmes: Achieving work-family balance for lone parents. Read our press release here… #WorkFamilyBalance #StrongerFamiliesEU Retweeted by Léargas

Peter McVerry Trust participates in #EVS, a scheme that gives young people the chance to learn through full-time voluntary work in a foreign country within or outside the EU. One of our volunteers, Karolina, writes about her experience with us… Retweeted by Léargas

Check out the Young Leaders Resource Suite. Focus of our Leaders Training today… @YTArtsScot @EUErasmusPlus @Leargas Retweeted by Léargas

Looking forward to welcoming the Erasmus+ New Horizons team today to the launch of the 2 progs developed to support lone parents and employers ensure better work-life family balance. #WorkFamilyBalance #StrongerFamiliesEU Retweeted by Léargas

The LC have an amazing summer social program for this coming summer, if you would like to join any of the weekends let the Dublin LC know on their facebook page!… Retweeted by Léargas

Ahead of #WorldRefugeeDay @UNESCO we are sharing #YouthExchanges project @EUErasmusPlus building bridges between local communities and refugees with the help of artistic INTERVENTIONS. Learn more at Retweeted by Léargas

Young people are critical agents of change but policies must focus on issues that are relevant to the young to keep them engaged, says @Steph_Beecroft of the @Youth_Forum at the NYCI #YouthUp event on #SDGs Retweeted by Léargas

Great key messages from NYCI President @powerian at this morning's #YouthUp event opening session! #SDGs Retweeted by Léargas

Great to see adult learning take the front page of @IrishTimes with our #AONTASSummerSchool at @MaynoothUni! #LifelongLearning #AdultEd #AONTASLLL Retweeted by Léargas

Our CEO Niamh O’Reilly kicking off the round of introductions. Delighted to have participants from Serbia, Turkey, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kerry, and more!#AONTASSummerSchool Retweeted by Léargas

Getting some European and Global perspectives on the #SDGs and youth participation at the @nycinews @Youth_Forum conference in Dublin. #YouthUp Retweeted by Léargas

Congrats for being selected as workshop presenters, Damien @languagesdude and Ronan @Sullyincork!… Retweeted by Léargas

@IDYA @EUDYouth You probably know about this already... but just in case.... check out #Erasmus+ opportunities :-)… Retweeted by Léargas

Bye Ireland! See you in a week! The @galwaycircus contingent is on the way to @cirkusLeGrando #Czech #FresManez for the final exchange of the #ABCirk project #Circus #YouthWork @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Léargas

Our Erasmus+ group had a very busy today at Rainbow Primary School and they are being entertained tonight by a musical performed by the 4th graders @Leargas @ErasmusIreland Retweeted by Léargas

Delighted to be at day 1 of the #EDEN18 conference in Genoa. @Leargas @EPALE_IE @nalaireland Retweeted by Léargas

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Our Queens of the Island Field are enjoying a trip #Liverpool where they may even perform their famous play on growing up in #limerick #limyouth #lys #YouthWorkChangesLives @ywirl @Leargas @Liverpool_ONE @UKYouth @LivEchonews Retweeted by Léargas

The annual #eTwinning conference is taking place in Warsaw, Poland this year. Would you like to go to what promises to be the most exciting event of the year in eTwinning? Apply on the @Leargas website! #eTwinningIRL #edchatie @SSEinspectorate Retweeted by Léargas

On the way to help out with the @nycinews and @Youth_Forum SDG conference in Dublin. Aiming to #YouthUp the European elections and put the #SDGs on the agenda! These are words young Europeans used in Strasbourg a couple of weeks ago when we asked them about the SDGs! Retweeted by Léargas

'Each of you has the capacity to hasten the pace towards change' NYCI President @powerian kicks off today's #YouthUp event on a positive note, and challenges young people to be the leaders of this change. #sdgs Retweeted by Léargas

Excited that #Youthup Europe event towards achieving sustainable development in the #EU is about to start. We @Youth_Forum are here in Dublin with @nycinews to listen to young people's ideas for our #EP2019 elections campaign! Retweeted by Léargas

This training course in Austria is a great opportunity for young people to develop their journalism skills and meet peers from other countries. Training includes social media for journalism and mobile video reporting. 📹📷🎤 apply by 04 July.

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Y.E.A.H! Youth Engagement into Activism! This training course is a great opportunity for youth workers to learn new ways to encourage young people to get involved in activism! 04 -10 October, Bulgaria (apply by 26 August) 🇮🇪🇪🇺✊

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Are you part of an organisation or informal group that is new to Erasmus+ or wants to get to know about new opportunities for international activities? This training course APPETISER in the Netherlands is a great opportunity for Erasmus+ newcomers 🇮🇪🇪🇺

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The best of luck to Holy Family NS Tubbercurry with their project - Cool Science For Young Scientists. They are in Marburg this week hosted by their partners from Rainbow Primary School in Ebsdorf. 😀🇪🇺🇮🇪️

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Y.E.A.H! Youth Engagement into Activism! This training course is a great opportunity for youth workers to learn new ways to encourage young people to get involved in activism! 04 - 10 October, Bulgaria (apply by 19 August)

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Y.E.A.H! Youth Engagement into Activism! This training course is a great opportunity for youth workers to learn new ways to encourage young people to get involved in activism! 04 October Bulgaria, (apply by 26 August)

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Are you working with young people? Would you like to learn about how Erasmus+ can enrich their lives and open their horizons? Come along to our #DiscoveryDay in Dublin on 05 July and see how you can bring an international dimension to your work:…

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Y.E.A.H! Youth Engagement into Activism. This training course is a great opportunity for youth workers to learn new ways to encourage young people to get involved in local activism! 04 - 10 October, Bulgaria (apply by 19 August) 😁

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Wishing everyone a great #Pride2018 from all of us at Léargas 🏳️‍🌈#PrideMonth2018

Asssesment with and for students with a migration background @UniOslo @EQI_DCU @DCU_IoE @DublinCityUni @uLinz, @AnkaUni joint symposium @Leargas @EUErasmusPlus @UNESCO. Registration and further details available at:… Retweeted by Léargas

@lorrainetansey @EUErasmusPlus @voluntireland @StuartGarland @gallomaria That's excellent news @lorrainetansey! Lots of info on volunteering opportunities at… so we'll aim for the full room next time 😁

Very interesting findings on the impact of the National Framework of Qualifications from @QQI_connect; 89% agree the NFQ has made qualification pathways easier to explain and understand.…

We had a #Pride2018 coffee morning and fundraiser in @Léargas this morning! Donations will go to ⁦@BeLonG_ToRetweeted by 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.
LéargasFriday, June 22nd, 2018 at 7:55am
This training course in Austria is a great opportunity for young people to develop their journalism skills and meet peers from other countries. Skills training includes social media for journalism and mobile video reporting. 📹📷🎤 apply by 04 July.
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Best of luck with the #ErasmusPlus exchange Holy Family N.S. Tubbercurry!
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Due to high demand we are moving our Discovery Day in Dublin on 05 July to Studio 2 in Dance Ireland. There are limited places still available so book now and join us to learn about funding opportunities for you and the young people you work with:
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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.