What is Erasmus +?
‘Erasmus for All’ is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport. It started in 2014 and significantly increased the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. ‘Erasmus for All’ is based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people's potential, regardless of their age or background. It fosters personal development, encourages the evolution of new skills and expands job prospects.
What will Erasmus + support?
The streamlined manner in which ‘Erasmus for All’ operates allows for more grants for students, trainees, teachers and others. It is believed that by benefiting these individuals the economy of the EU as a whole benefits as well.
Opportunities for mobility and cooperation will be significantly strengthened under the new programme: in particular, there will be more funding available for study, training, teaching and volunteering opportunities abroad for higher education and vocational students, trainees, teachers, trainers and youth workers. There will also be more opportunities for education and training institutions or youth organisations to engage in partnerships to exchange good practice and with businesses to promote innovation and employability, as well as greater support for IT platforms, such as e-twinning, to connect schools and other learning providers via the internet.
The programme will support three main types of actions:
Learning opportunities for individuals, both within the EU and beyond, including: study and training, traineeships, teaching and professional development and non-formal youth activities such as volunteering.Erasmus + would provide opportunities for learning abroad for up to 5 million people across all education and training sectors. Europeans would have the option to study, train or teach at higher education institutions anywhere in the world, and non-European students and staff would have more opportunities to study, teach and learn in Europe. Extending the programme beyond the EU's borders will increase the attractiveness of European higher education and at the same time support the development of higher education elsewhere in the world.
Institutional cooperation between educational institutions, youth organisations, businesses, local and regional authorities and NGOs, to encourage the development and implementation of innovative practices in education, training and youth activities, and to promote employability, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Support for policy reform in Member States and cooperation with non-EU countries, with a focus on strengthening the evidence-base for policy making and exchange of good practices. Support will include the implementation of EU transparency tools, cross-country studies and support for specific policy agendas such as the Bologna (higher education) and Copenhagen (vocational education and training) processes.