In 1986, Léargas was established to support international exchange and collaboration in the youth sector, mainly through the medium of European Commission-funded education and training programmes.
In the succeeding years, Léargas broadened its range from the youth sector to include formal and informal education and training. Léargas has recently managed the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes and now manages Erasmus+. As well as European programmes, Léargas has run a range of nationally funded programmes such as the Education Equality Initiative and WorldWise, as well as joint Ireland-Britain programmes such as NcompasS and Causeway.
In almost 30 years of programme management, Léargas has built a national and international reputation for effectively managing significant levels of European funding to support international collaboration and exchange. We have also built a reputation for a friendly and supportive approach to programme applicants and beneficiaries, making a particular effort to clarify what can be challenging application, administrative and reporting procedures.
In late 2013, as the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes came to a close, Léargas made a series of short videos on the value of European cooperation and exchange programmes – each story is told by someone who has benefitted directly from taking part in the various programmes. To get an idea of the diversity of people’s experiences, have a look at the ‘Live Share Inspire’ playlist on our YouTube channel. Here’s the introduction to the videos from Jim Mullin, our Executive Director:
Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation (CHY 8317), wholly owned by the Department of Education and Skills, and its Board is appointed by the Minister. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.