What is Erasmus + ?
Within the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs and innovation, Erasmus + is the new European programme for 2014-2020 aiming to reinforce competencies and increase opportunities for employment.
This programme is composed of three pillars: the education and training, youth and sport.
On the global envelop of 14,7 billion EUR:
- 77.5% will be allocated to the education and training sector
- 10% for youth
- 3.5% for loan guarantees
- 8% for sport
The programme is structured around three key actions:
- Key Action 1 – Individual mobility for learners
- Key Action 2 – Cooperation and partnership for innovation and exchange of practices
- Key Action 3 – Support to public policies
Key Action 2 – Cooperation and partnership for innovation and exchange of practices
The objectives of this action are:
- Innovative approaches to addressing their target groups, by providing for example: more attractive education and training programmes, in line with individuals’ needs and expectations; use of participatory approaches and ICT-based methodologies; new or improved processes of recognition and validation of competences; greater effectiveness of activities for the benefit of local communities; new or improved practices to cater for the needs of disadvantaged groups and to deal with social, linguistic and cultural diversity; the opportunity to be awarded the European Language Label for excellence in language learning or teaching; new approaches to address geographical and socio-economic disparities of learning outcomes; new approaches to better support competitiveness and employment in particular at regional and local level;
- A more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different fields or in other socio-economic sectors;
- Increased capacity and professionalism to work at EU/international level: improved management competences and internationalization strategies.
Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.
Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields (e.g. chambers of commerce, cultural organisations…).
Horizontal priorities are:
- Developing basic and transversal skills (such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and language competences) in all fields of education, training and youth, using innovative and learner-centered pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment and certification methods.
- Developing new approaches to strengthen the education and training paths of prospective and practicing educators/youth workers; equipping them with all competences and skills needed to deliver high quality services and address increasingly diverse needs e.g. those posed by multicultural societies.
- Enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching, training and youth work at various levels: promoting access to and learning through Open Educational Resources (OER); supporting ICT-based teaching, training and youth work, as well as ICT-based assessment practices.
- Contributing to the development of a European Area of Skills and Qualifications.
- Supporting innovative projects aimed to reduce disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds/with fewer opportunities –including learners with disabilities.
- Stimulating the development and use of innovative approaches and tools to assess and increase the efficiency of public expenditure and the investment in education, training and youth.
Strategic partnerships are transnational projects, gathering three organisations from three countries participating to the programme. Projects can last between 2 and 3 years with a demonstration phase.
Budget allocation can vary between 300 000 EUR and 450 000 EUR depending on the project duration.
Euroquality in Strategic partnerships
Euroquality offers a 3 steps methodology for project setting-up under Erasmus + programme, enabling maximizing your success chances:
The VIFRE project aims at developing a virtual incubator for refugee entrepreneurs to allow a better integration of this population in Europe.