Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014 – 2020. It has a budget of 14.700 million for the period 2014-2020 and is the successor of Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP 2007 – 2013).
The Erasmus+ programme is intended to support activities in education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning including Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools, and youth activities. The new programme aims at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education, Training and Your work.
More information [link - http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm]
The following are overviews of the priorities highlighted in the Erasmus+ programme guide:
- • Developing basic and transversal skills such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualism;
- • Enhancing the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning;
- • Promoting stronger coherence between different EU and national transparent and recognition tools;
- • Support adjustment of funding and investment in education and training.
More information: The Erasmus+ Programme guide [download pdf – EN]
Structure of the Erasmus+ Programme:
Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Key Action 1 (KA1) is about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.
KA1 covers the five fields of higher education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education and youth. It is the largest action in Erasmus+ with 63% of programme budget supporting its focus on increasing mobility and skills.
KA1 include the following types of mobility projects:
In the field of Education and Training:
- Mobility projects for higher education and staff
- Mobility projects for VET learners and staff
- Mobility projects for school staff
- Mobility projects for adult education staff
In the field of Youth:
- Mobility projects for young people and youth workers: youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service and youth workers’ training and networking.
This Programme strengthens participants’ competences in the foreign language before and during their stay through the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support [link: http://erasmusplusols.eu/online-language-courses/ ]
Key Action 2: Co-operation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices
Key Action 2 (KA2) is about empowering organisations to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices.
KA2 focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in the field of education, training and youth; Knowledge Alliances; Sector Skills Alliances; and Capacity Building in the field of youth.
KA2 aims to increase the positive impact of European activities at all levels to ensure benefits for the individuals, organisations and countries participating in projects.
Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform
Key Action 3 (KA3) covers any type of activity aimed at supporting and facilitating the modernisation of education and training systems.
KA3 aims to help Europe achieve the goals set out in European Union strategies such as Europe 2020, Education and Training 2020 and the European Youth Strategy. It means that a structured dialogue between young people and decision makers in the field of youth will be promoted and supported, as well as other actions in support for policy reform in education, training and youth fields.