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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 2015-17 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: 3
Executive Officer: 10
Clerical Officer: 1
Staff Officer: 7

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 Mission and Values and Strategy Statement.

Codes of Practice and Guidelines
Léargas has a Child Protection Policy in place and provides information on that policy, as well as our Privacy Policy and Legal Statement on this website.

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.

How to deliver #digital #YouthWork? How to upskill #YouthWorkers #DigitalCompetences? Find it out in our newly released publication which includes a lot of electronic resources revealing good practices of digital youth work from all over #Europe: publications.europa.eu/en/publication…. Retweeted by Leargas

Closing words of advice from Jan van den Akker: Support your #teachers! #seniorcyclereview Retweeted by Leargas

This year #eTwinning celebrates #CulturalHeritage, and the European @EU_Commission will sponsor an eTwinning Award for projects dealing specifically with this topic! Are you interested? Discover all the details and how to get awarded: goo.gl/BQdDtL Retweeted by Leargas

Today is the last day when you can apply for this #eTwinning seminar for beginner eTwinners in France! Hurry up! Details on leargas.ie/programmes/etw… Retweeted by Leargas

ICT Collaboration and eSafety in the Primary School Classroom, seminar for beginner eTwinners. 26 – 28 April, Dublin. A bilateral seminar for eTwinning beginners from Ireland and Estonia on the theme of ICT collaboration and eSafety. bit.ly/2zX6Lt7 🖥️

Twitter Media

Just released: The Future of Education and Skills: #Education2030bit.ly/2EtL3zg (free pdf) More info here ➡ oecd.org/education/2030/ & oecd.org/education/2030… #LearningFramework2030 Retweeted by Leargas

Regardless of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, everyone has the right to equal treatment and opportunities regarding employment, social protection, education, and access to goods and services. #WDSJ #SocialJusticeDay Retweeted by Leargas

Today is the @UN World Day of Social Justice. The European Pillar of #SocialRights is all about ensuring fairness & social justice and delivering new & more effective rights for citizens → ec.europa.eu/social-rights #WDSJ #WorldDayOfSocialJustice Retweeted by Leargas

Social justice is about standing up for #SocialRights. It's about removing the barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. It's about promoting equal rights, equal treatment and equal opportunities for all. #SocialJusticeDay Retweeted by Leargas

Building the Future of Europe through Cultural Heritage 19-21 April. The workshop will highlight how students can discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage in order to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. bit.ly/2zX6Lt7 #eTwinning 🖥️

Twitter Media

Are you a post-primary teacher who is interested in learning more about eTwinning? Apply for this seminar for beginner eTwinners 23 - 25 March in France called "How to plan your first #eTwinning project?".The deadline for applications is 20 February. leargas.ie/programmes/etw…

Check out this great video featuring some of the activities and learning that @KillorglinCC engaged in while on an Erasmus+ mobility to Helsinki in Finland with the project 'Own Your Learning 2.0'. 🇪🇺🇮🇪🙂 youtube.com/watch?time_con…

Teacher and #eTwinning ambassador @CiarraiKM is bringing new and exciting collaborative teaching methods to her classroom after a workshop at the Future Classroom Lab ow.ly/vdQq30irM9H @brureens @eu_schoolnet @Leargas_etwinn

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Volunteering through European programmes changes lives! Be part of it! Learn how you can receive funding to volunteer abroad! Join us in Dublin or Cashel next week: Dublin, 20 Feb: leargas.ie/calendar/disco… Cashel, 21 Feb: leargas.ie/calendar/disco…

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If you are a teacher or a youth worker with an interest in social inclusion, empowerment and supporting early school leavers this training course could be for you. The dates are 22 - 27 May and it will take place in Latvia. For more info and to apply bit.ly/2ExF8NF

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Youth workers interested in exploring the area of diversity! This training course offers concrete methods for managing diversity and an opportunity for experience sharing. 21 - 26 May Germany. bit.ly/2ExF8NF

There are lots of developments in European Volunteering happening in 2018! Want to learn about the volunteering opportunities available to young people? Join us in Dublin or Cashel next week: Dublin, 20 Feb: leargas.ie/calendar/disco… Cashel, 21 Feb: leargas.ie/calendar/disco…

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I really like the cultural heritage #eTwinningAmbassador #etwinningkit Very useful as @Davismallow took part in a cultural heritage project. There are three main parts to this kit. Have a look @Leargas @Leargas_etwinn @eTwinningEurope TRY IT AND SEE. Retweeted by Leargas

Cobh STEP featuring on rte1 Nationwide tonight at 7pm, on f:Ire + Ice exchange 2017 #youthexchange @Leargas @YMCAIreland Retweeted by Leargas

Storytelling with @RTE: Delighted that @RTENationwide will be featuring @EUErasmusPlus youth exchange between #YMCA #Cobh & UIA Egilstaddir (Iceland) this evening! 😀 #fIREandICE 🇮🇪🇮🇸 #YMCAstep #YouthDevelopment #Resilience @Leargas @EUFstyrk @CorkETB @theJamesBilson Retweeted by Leargas

Are you a teacher who is interested in learning more about eTwinning? Apply for this seminar for beginner eTwinners 23 - 25 March in France called "How to plan your first #eTwinning project?". The deadline for applications is 20 February. bit.ly/2zX6Lt7

Twitter Media

Teachers, you only have until 20 February to apply for the seminar for beginner eTwinners in France called "How to plan your first #eTwinning project?". Details and application form on the #leargas website. leargas.ie/programmes/etw… Retweeted by Leargas

Do you want to change something in your community? If you work with young people and have an idea for a project check out this training course GET IN NET. This course will take place in Portugal from the 16 - 21 April, for more information and to apply bit.ly/2F1H3qJ

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Today is the final day to apply for this partner-finding activity! Plan your @EUErasmusPlus #YouthExchange with partners committed to #Inclusion! Apply here: bit.ly/2EX34ah

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Teachers! Youth workers! If you are interested in social inclusion, empowerment and supporting early school leavers this training course could be for you. The dates are 22 - 27 May and it will take place in Latvia. For more info and to apply bit.ly/2ExF8NF

Twitter Media

@AoifeMayD Thank *you* @AoifeMayD for all the great work and for sharing your experience at the #LeargasForum!

#EUHaveYourSay in the open public consultation on #EUFunds in the area of values and mobility! 📢 Tell us how important is #Adultedu, lifelong skills development, learning mobility, youth work or social inclusion in your view! 🗣️ europa.eu/!yB73KM Retweeted by Leargas

Closing today's #EYCS with press conference with @KGValchev - pleased with #Education Ministers' support for a strengthened #ErasmusPlus after 2020 & further work on #EuropeanEducationArea including European Network of #Universities Retweeted by Leargas

Youth led projects ensuring the voice of young people are at the ❤️of polices affecting them and their rights @EuropeanYouthMF Retweeted by Leargas

Do you want to change something in your community? If you work with young people and have an idea for a project check out this training course GET IN NET. This course will take place in Portugal from the 16 - 21 April, for more information and to apply bit.ly/2F1H3qJ

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Looking forward to talking about all things #eTwinning and #tech with @EuTopiaplus at the CESI conference 2018! Looks like a fantastic lineup! cesi.ie/pw/?conf=confe… . @magsamond @cesitweets @Leargas_etwinn @Leargas @DpDonal Retweeted by Leargas

Our #eTwinning ambassador Damien Lonergan @languagesdude will be talking about all things eTwinning and #tech as well as how it links with MFL JC at the this @MaynoothUni conference on 10th March! @JCforTeachers @Leargas @eTwinningEurope. Join his workshop!eventbrite.ie/e/digital-tool… Retweeted by Leargas

Our #HealthCare students, Caoimhe, Sandra and Ray are currently on placement in Madrid,learning so much about how the care system operates in Spain & getting an amazing opportunity to put the skills they learned at GTI in practice. #AppliedLearning #Madrid #Leargas #ErasmusPlus Retweeted by Leargas

Applying under the @EUErasmusPlus #Youth deadline today? Best of luck! 😃👊Remember to get your applications submitted before 11:00am Irish time!

Did you know 90% of young people would like to receive individual guidance when building their #mobility projects? @eurodesk Survey Report 2017 about mobility and role of youth information has been released. Check out the results! bit.ly/2nYWhWq Retweeted by Leargas

Our Media level6 students currently in Pori on their 3week placement have been working on multi-cam set ups.Theyre learning new skills & also those they learned in GTIs Media dept.as they prep for a live studio event. #exciting #ErasmusPlus #AppliedLearning Retweeted by Leargas

There's still time to apply for our 'Let's Get It On' contact-making seminar for Youth organisations. Find an @EUErasmusPlus partner for #Inclusion #YouthExchanges. Apply by 16 February: bit.ly/2EX34ah

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At #EPALE_IE we’re feeling the 💕for our users, so we'll be hosting FREE seminars on promoting #adultedu & #FET orgs through social media! Book into our #Cork seminar at …-with-social-media-cork.eventbrite.ie Details for #Limerick coming soon! Happy #ValentinesDay! @learning_fest @LimkLearnFest Retweeted by Leargas

Are you a young person interested in #Volunteering? Or maybe you work with young people and want to help them make a difference? If so then these upcoming 'Discovery' mornings are for you! Dublin, 20 February: leargas.ie/calendar/disco… Cashel, Tipperary: leargas.ie/calendar/disco…

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The #LifelongLearning Interest Group met on 24 January for the event “Taking stock of Lifelong Learning in Europe – what will a #EuropeanEducationArea bring”. Curious about the outcomes? Keep reading bit.ly/2stKHar via @lllplatform Retweeted by Leargas

Spending the morning in @Leargas preparing for our exciting new Skill IT for Youth project @CamaraEducation @NorsensusMedia @KerryYouth @eurogkillarney #skillIT @EUErasmusPlus Retweeted by Leargas

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
LéargasTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 8:15am
Advanced Training on Quality, Training Course. 16 - 21 April, Bucharest Romania. The aim of the ATOQ is to support youth workers/leaders in increasing the quality of European Youth exchanges that they have set up within the Erasmus+ Youth Programme. The deadline for applications is 04 March 2018. For more information and to apply click http://bit.ly/2CLxcV1
Léargas
Léargas shared Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Ltd.'s video.Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 6:32am
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Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Ltd.
Flashbacks from Eurobug project 'Create YOU(th) SIDE' In Solidarity for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality! This KA1 project financed by Leargas under the European Union Programme Erasmus+ had 3 Mobility Activities with 31 youth work practitioners and 35 young people from Ireland, Italy, Spain, Georgia, Turkey, Romania and Lithuania taking part.The main aim was to promote inclusive youth work practice in Europe through human rights education and creativity. Mobility Activities were: 1. International Training Course for youth work practitioners (15th-22nd October 2017, Ireland) 2. Advance Planing Visit for youth leaders and youth workers (1st-4th November 2017, Georgia) 3. International Youth Exchange for young people with support of youth workers (24th November-3rd December 2017, Georgia) The core elements of this project were: up-skilling of youth workers through Youth Workers Mobility Activity, empowerment of young people through Youth Mobility Activity and capacity building of Partner Organisations through all Mobility Activities. This project was build on strong believes in the power of human rights education and importance youth empowerment; also the needs of youth work practitioners and the young people in seven partner countries. Organisations taking part in ‘Create You(th) SIDE’ completed the full circle of experimental learning throughout the project ‘experiencing, reflecting, generalising and applying new experiences’. Video credits: Godfrey Otema more information about the project: http://eurobug.co.uk/create-youth-side-solidarity-inclusion-diversity-equality/ Léargas Erasmus+ #youthempowerment #inclusion #diversity #equality #solidarity APICE - Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa EUROPIMPULSE
Léargas
Léargas shared Erasmus+'s post.Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 3:41am
Léargas
LéargasTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 12:50am
ICT Collaboration and eSafety in the Primary School Classroom, seminar for beginner eTwinners. 26 – 28 April, Dublin. A bilateral seminar for eTwinning beginners from Ireland and Estonia on the theme of ICT collaboration and eSafety. The deadline to apply is 22 March. For more information and to apply http://bit.ly/2zX6Lt7
Léargas
LéargasMonday, February 19th, 2018 at 8:10pm
Building the Future of Europe through Cultural Heritage 19 - 21 April. The workshop will highlight how students can discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage in order to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. http://bit.ly/2zX6Lt7 #eTwinning