We know that for many of you February is a busy month looking ahead to Key Action 1 applications, and we want to support you through this exciting period as best we can.
So, we are pleased to announce that the Key Action 1 application eForms and written application guidance for decentralised mobility activities for VET and Adult Education are now available on the Erasmus+ website. The application guidance is there to help you as a step-by-step guide to completing the 2014 Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Learning Mobility of Individuals application eForm for your field.
If you are looking for further information and application guidance for other fields, you can find this under the Key Action 1 section of our website.
Other support from us – advice sessions
We are running one-to-one telephone advice sessions for VET and Adult Education organisations interested in applying for Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals. These sessions will be available during a two-week period from Monday 24 February to Friday 7 March 2014. To book a tailored advice session, you will need to complete a Project Summary in full and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our team will then get in touch to arrange a personalised discussion with you about your project proposal at a convenient time. For further details and to download the Project Summary template please visit the Advice Sessions page on the Erasmus+ website.
The application eForm for Key Action 2 is currently not available, however we expect it will be released by the European Commission in the coming weeks so please refer back to the Erasmus+ website for updates. Advice sessions will also be available for Key Action 2, and these will take place in late March after the Key Action 1 deadline.
If you haven’t taken part in one already, there are still a limited number of places available for our Adult Education webinars, for more information visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk/webinars
With application deadlines for the new programme fast approaching, why not take a look at our collection of future focused Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal case studies to help you understand how your current projects could be transferred into Erasmus+.
Building for Erasmus+
Last year we produced ‘Building for Erasmus+’ a case study publication which explores how current practice can be transferred into the new programme and features real experiences and outcomes from organisations who have taken part in the Lifelong Learning Programme.
You can read how the LLP has made a difference to organisations and their participants across a range of themes; from enhancing skills and employability, tackling youth unemployment, apprenticeships, partnership building and lobbying for policy change among many others.We hope the experiences you explore here will inspire you to build your future in Erasmus+.
Emerging from seven years of the LifeLong Learning Programme, adding to the 25 years of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth, entering the world of Erasmus+ can seem to be a daunting experience. But many organisations, including Minerva Heritage Ltd, are using their knowledge and experience from previous European funding programmes to move forward with Erasmus+.
Lisa Keys, Director and Interpretation Consultant from Minerva Heritage Ltd, which provides specialist heritage management services, was granted Grundtvig funding to attend the Heritage Interpretation Conference; ‘Sharing our natural and cultural heritage – interpretation can make us citizens of the World’, in Sigtuna, Sweden, back in June last year.
Over the last few weeks my colleagues have been talking a lot about Erasmus+ and the exciting new opportunities that it offers. But Erasmus+ isn’t the only new programme coming from the European Commission next year – Creative Europe is also making its debut.
As I’ve been busy working on a variety of Creative Europe publications lately, I seemed like the obvious guest-blogger to tackle this topic…
So what is Creative Europe all about?
In a nutshell, Creative Europe is the EU’s new seven-year programme for the cultural and creative sectors. It’s been designed to protect and promote linguistic diversity in the EU, strengthen the competitiveness of these sectors, and open up new markets, opportunities and audiences for those involved. There are currently three programmes meeting these needs – Culture, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus. Creative Europe unites them under one roof, making the whole application process much more user-friendly, and also boasts a budget increase of 9% to a massive €1.46 billion.
For students up and down the country this week it’s back to uni. Christmas home comforts (namely cooked dinners and free laundry services) are replaced with househunting for second year and looming exams. So to mark the beginning of the new term we share some of the illuminating student stories shared at the recent British Council Erasmus Awards ceremony.
Living like a local
This was the theme of the British Council’s annual ‘Your Story’ competition for UK Erasmus students. The current Erasmus programme enables higher education students to study or work abroad as part of their degree and staff to teach or train in 33 European countries. Students were asked to share how their Erasmus experience abroad had allowed them to become a part of their new country, rather than pass through as a tourist, and the impact this has had on their lives, education and future careers. Participants could capture their stories in written essays or photographic portfolios which were celebrated at an awards ceremony held in central London. As I chatted to some of the award winners and runners-up about their Erasmus adventures, within seconds I was presented with tales of new friendships, shared cultural experiences and some well meant, although slightly embarrassing, mishaps when bravely tackling new foreign languages. With the Erasmus+ programme offering a range of funding opportunities for further education students and staff, it was all the more exciting to look forward to the future. Read the rest of this entry »
Manager of Bhagavat Educational Trust and experienced LLP promotor Paul Baron is no stranger to the spotlight. He recently received a 2013 Charity Times Award for outstanding individual achievement and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List for services to vulnerable children.
It is therefore with no surprise that we learned of his invitation to present and share his knowledge of good practice at the ‘Role of VET in Making Education More Inclusive conference’ held in Vilnius, by the EU Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We found out more about what happened at the event in the Lithuanian capital and look at key themes in Vocational Education and Training on the horizon for 2014.
Making education more inclusive
The event discussed European and national training VET strategies exploring ways to make education more inclusive and contributing towards meeting the EU Education and Training 2020 strategy targets. Bhagavat Educational Trust, which was set up in 1997 to further education and relieve poverty in developing countries, was chosen as an example of best practice with an input on two out of three workshops that were hosted as part of the conference. The first workshop Enhancing VET provision to meet the needs of people with fewer opportunities and the third looking at widening access to continuing VET.
This year I was lucky enough to be invited to not only attend The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, but I was also invited to the Opening Ceremony. The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and career event and covered the space of 7 football pitches this year! It showcased the fantastic skills that we have in the UK (over 700 UK finalists were competing in the World Skills Competition), as well as the opportunities available to develop these skills – from Further Education to apprenticeships. For me, it created a truly inspiring atmosphere.
Celebrating vocational skills
The representation of apprenticeships, and other forms of vocational training at The Skills Show, was phenomenal. Watching the World Skills finalists compete was amazing – such talent! The five skill areas on show were the Built Environment, Cultural & Creative Arts, Engineering, IT & Business Administration and Social & Professional Services. What I found really refreshing was the opportunity to get involved and try out the different skills, from optometry to broadcasting with the BBC, floristry to forensic science, and cake decorating to house building! There was also the opportunity to attend a “Spotlight Speaker” session, hosted not only by industry leaders but also by apprentices, giving a real life take on what it is actually like to be working and earning whilst training.
Shaping the UK’s skills future
Having worked in the Leonardo team for five years now I am a true advocate of Vocational Education and Training. It’s encouraging to think that events such as The Skills Show will continue to shape the UK’s skills future.
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, which starts on 1 January 2014, will have a strong focus on skills and employability. The new programme will build on the success of the Leonardo da Vinci programme to develop not only the competencies of individuals throughout Europe but it will also broaden their understanding of the policy and practices that underpin their learning. It’s unbelievable to think that Erasmus+ will enable over 650,000 vocational students across Europe to complete part of their education and/or training abroad over the course of the next 7 years!
About our author
Thank you to Lauren Beech who wrote this week’s skills focus post. Lauren is a Senior Project Manager in the Leonardo Mobility team.