FOI Organisation Details

Freedom of Information

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. Léargas has one open RFT at present, which closes on 25 April.

Public contracts awarded. One public contract currently open on eTenders.

Léargas reports regularly on its FOI requests to the Department of Education and Skills.

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.

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: bit.ly/2MHvecY #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: bit.ly/2K1jXSY

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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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Léargas shared Holy Family N.S. Tubbercurry's post.Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 10:48pm
Best of luck with the #ErasmusPlus exchange Holy Family N.S. Tubbercurry!
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Léargas is feeling excited.Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 10:12pm
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:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/discovery-day-for-erasmus-youth-funding-opportunities-dublin-tickets-46225063409
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Léargas shared Wexford Local Development's post.Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 10:02pm
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Léargas shared Iaeste Ireland's post.Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 12:27am
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Léargas shared Wexford Local Development's post.Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 12:26am