Erasmus+ and Taith programmes
Erasmus+ programmes covers the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the European policy agenda for growth, job, equity and social inclusion.
Fighting high levels of unemployment, particularly among young people, is one of the most urgent tasks for European governments. Too many young people leave school prematurely, running a high risk of being unemployed and socially marginalised. The same risk threatens many adults with low skills. Technologies are changing the way in which society operates, and there is a need to ensure the best use is made of them. EU businesses need to become more competitive through talent and innovation.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.
- Young people can study, volunteer and gain work experience abroad, to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability;
- Staff can teach or train abroad, to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers, and gain fresh ideas;
- UK organisations can collaborate with international partners, to drive innovation, share best practice, and offer new opportunities to young people.
Around €1 billion is reserved specifically for Erasmus+ projects led by UK-based organisations.
From 2014 to 2017, 3982 Erasmus+ grants were awarded to UK organisations, worth around €571 million in total.
In 2019, €187 million is reserved specifically for UK organisations, up from €170 million in 2018. UK organisations can also apply for additional funding streams (called ‘centralised’ activities), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency.
Taith is Wales’ new international learning, exchange programme, offering life-changing opportunities to travel, volunteer, learn, and experience. Taith’s ethos strive to support organisation seeking to understand the aspirations and needs of sectors, addressing barriers to access Taith funding opportunities.
Taith is a new programme enabling people in Wales to study, train, volunteer and work all over the world, while allowing organisation in Wales to invite international partners to reciprocate in Wales. Taith create opportunities to broaden horizons, experience new ways of life, good practices to share with people at home. This means that Wales and its international partners can contribute to benefit from the exchanges in the similar ways to the previous opportunities with Erasmus+, both in Europe and further afield.
Participating organisations can then offer exciting opportunities for their students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and staff to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
LAW is in a unique position, where we are experienced in working within the Erasmus framework and have displayed an interest in the objectives highlighted in the Taith programmes. Over the past 6 years we have worked with individuals from across Europe and with organisation spanning across more than 10 countries and with many local 3rd sector organisations. With post-brexit It is our intention to continue the level of commitment to our European partners and to assist another organisation in doing the same.
We have worked with many local and European NGOs’, companies, colleges and schools in the past to deliver many mobility and exchange programmes. The NGO’s we have partnered span across Europe, including, France, Poland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Spain.
What can you do with Erasmus+ and Taith with LAW?
In our previous Erasmus+ programmes we have delivered various mobility and training programmes to support learners of various levels. Some of our programmes include a vocational training course that focuses on personal skills to assist our learners in performing in a professional manner. Other training programmes that we delivered included language training, eco, leadership & management programmes and work placements in various sectors.
We offer a broad selection of un-accredited training programmes for learners from all backgrounds. The unaccredited Courses are ideal for people looking to improve upon speaking or writing skills but do not require a specific qualification at the end of their course. These courses can be the development that a learner needs to crystallise their language skills and enable them to integrate into the working environment.
We offer learners exchanges to and from the UK to other European and international countries. You could stay with a host family and experience the culture first hand whilst learning how to speak a foreign language or stay in Air B&B.