The European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme enables people at all stages of their lives to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as helping to develop the the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport across Europe. The programme aims to support actions in for the period 2014-2020 and replaces the previous Lifelong Learning Programmes, including Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig and Jean Monnet.
Projects are intended not only for individual students and learners, but also for teachers, trainers and all others involved in education and training. And with a budget of €14.7 billion, more than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650,000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500,000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad.
In Ireland, Léargas is the National Agency for the management of national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training.