Erasmus+

Erasmus+

Erasmus+


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.

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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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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LéargasFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 10:15pm
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: https://www.leargas.ie/calendar/discover-european-volunteering/
Cashel, 21 Feb: https://www.leargas.ie/calendar/discover-european-volunteering-cashel/
Léargas
LéargasFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 9:50am
Calling all youth workers interested in exploring the area of diversity! This training course offers concrete methods for managing diversity, will provide a space to explore various kinds of diversity and an opportunity for experience sharing. The dates are 21 - 26 May and it will take place in Germany. http://bit.ly/2ExF8NF
Léargas
LéargasFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 8:55am
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 http://bit.ly/2ExF8NF
Léargas
LéargasFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 8:15am
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 http://bit.ly/2F1H3qJ
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LéargasFriday, February 16th, 2018 at 8:05am
Non-formal Learning in Higher Education: Developing Intercultural Competence. 16 - 21, Turkey. This seminar will be held within the long-term TCA project ‘Among Others’, aimed at exploring how non-formal methods can help develop intercultural competence in higher education. Deadline for application is 12 March. For more information and to apply http://trainings.salto-youth.net/7037

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.