ERASMUS+ Programme Overview

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It draws together multiple previous European initiatives, including the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes, into one.  Erasmus+ provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Project funding of almost €170 million been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland.

What are its 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, applications from individuals themselves are not accepted.

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 the higher education field, please contact the Higher Education Authority.

Structurally, Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ describing the kind of project activities possible.

Key Action 1 (KA1), 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.

Key Action 2 (KA2), 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.

Key Action 3 (KA3), 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.

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The main aim of Project LAB is to encourage participants to use Erasmus+ and to increase participation of young people in international youth work through the Erasmus+: youth in action programme. bit.ly/2Eowbpx

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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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Teachers, have your say on #eTwinning by contributing to the online survey at https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/highlights/etwinning-monitoring-survey-20.htm
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Are you a language teacher? Would you like to win three Chromebooks for your classroom? Then the #EDLComp18 is for you! Set up an #eTwinning language-related project until 21 December and yours could be a winning project! More details on how to enter: http://www.leargas.ie/programmes/languages/european-day-of-languages/competition/
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📢 This application workshop is for Schools preparing Erasmus+ applications for the 05 February 2019 deadline. Come along and get your application ready. 👨‍🏫👩‍🏫http://bit.ly/2PG0mP9
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#DiscoverEU is an EU initiative which will give at least 12,000 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel across Europe! The second round is open from 29 November to 11 December! To find out more and apply visit: https://eurodesk.eu/2018/11/26/discovereu-second-round-open-from-nov-29th-to-dec-11th/
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The ATOQ #ErasmusPlus training course aims to increase quality within Youth Exchanges. Join an international group of youth workers this March and raise the quality of future exchanges! Apply by 10/01 here: http://trainings.salto-youth.net/7570