If you want to connect with peers and professionals in Adult Education throughout Europe, Erasmus+ is the programme you’ve been looking for!
The European Union programme Erasmus+ funds Adult Education projects across Europe. This is both to provide learning opportunities to individuals, and to support the internationalisation and institutional development of adult education organisations.
A ‘Mobility’ project is where an Adult Education organisation sends its learners or staff to another country to train or learn, to go on a teaching assignment, or to job-shadow. The organisation applies for funding to prepare and manage the project, and for the costs of travel and participation. Extra funding is available to include those with fewer opportunities. The minimum time a project can last is six months.
There are two main types of Erasmus+ Adult Education projects, ‘Learning Mobility for Individuals’ and ‘Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices’.
Organisational Support – preparing and managing all phases of the project
- Travel – return travel costs from participants’ homes to the venue of the activity (for example, where they will work or attend a course)
- Individual Support – ‘subsistence’ costs of participants (for example, food and accommodation)
- Inclusion support – additional funding to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part
- Preparatory visits – for visits to hosting organisations before the ‘mobility period’ takes place
- Course fees – for training course enrolment fees
- Linguistic support – for language learning materials and training, where needed
- Exceptional costs – Such as costs for providing a financial guarantee, if the National Agency asks for it; or expensive travel costs (for example, when a participant is travelling to or from a very remote place).
EU Member States take part in the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, in accordance with article 16 of the Erasmus+ Regulation, the following third countries are associated to the programme:
- members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA): Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein.
- acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates: Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Turkey and Republic of Serbia.
- Individuals constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals mainly through organisations, institutions, bodies or groups that organise such activities. The conditions of access to the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the “participants” (individuals participating in the Programme) and the “participating organisations” (including informal groups and self-employed persons). For both participants and participating organisations, the conditions for participation depend on the country in which they are based.
- As a general rule, participants in Erasmus+ projects must be established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme.
- In general terms, the main target groups are:
- For projects relevant for the field of higher education, the main targets are: higher education students (short cycle, first, second or third cycle), higher education teachers and professors, staff of higher education institutions, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
- For projects relevant for the field of vocational education and training, the main targets are: apprentices and students in vocational education and training, professionals and trainers in vocational education and training, staff of initial vocational education and training organisations, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
- For projects relevant for the field of school education, the main targets are: school leaders, school teachers and school staff, pupils in pre-primary, primary and secondary education;
- For projects relevant for the field of adult education, the main targets are: members of non-vocational adult education organisations, trainers, staff and learners in non-vocational adult education;
- For projects relevant for the youth field the main targets are: young people from 13 to 3015, youth workers, staff and members of organisations active in the youth field;
- For projects relevant to the field of sport, the main targets are: professionals and volunteers in the field of sport, athletes and coaches.
For more information, visit https://www.leargas.ie/erasmus-plus/mobility-projects/adult-education/