ERASMUS + : A NEW PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (2014-2020)
Erasmus + (2014-2020) is the new 16 billion euro catch-all framework program for education, training, youth and sport. It is built on the well-known and respected EU brand of the highly successful Erasmus student exchange program.
The new program has an enhanced focus on student and educator mobility, reform of existing overlapping structures and greater cooperation in the field of education with non-EU countries. It is intended to all European students, trainees, teachers, trainers and youth. Up to 5 million persons will beneficiate from EU subventions for getting education or training experience abroad between 2014-2020 - twice as many people as today.
The framework brings together the Lifelong Learning Program (Leonardo, Comenius, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Jean Monnet actions), Youth in Action and five other international programs including Erasmus Mundus and Tempus into one single, simplified and modern program. The focus is on formal and informal learning across EU borders to improve the skills and employability of students, educators and workers.
t is divided into 3 principal pillars: education and formation, youth, and sport. Accordingly, it improves the quality of education in the EU and elsewhere, supports member states and partner countries in the modernization of their educative and professional training systems and it supports sport in Europe as well.
The main objective of Erasmus + is to improve employability of the youth by acquiring supplementary competences appreciated by employers, as well as improving their language skills and flexibility.
It proposes more support to participants from lower socio-economic background and disadvantaged groups, as well as more flexibility to various needs, new forms of mobility (physical and virtual) and better use of new technologies.
For more information please go to: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/eacea052014-civil-society-cooperation_en