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The new EU Erasmus+ Programme provides funding opportunities for further education (adult training) for educational professionals of each field with a special focus on organisational capacity.
Great opportunities for professional development of professionals
Erasmus+ (and specifically the so-called Key Action 1) offers grants for professional development of staff of school, adult and higher education, as well as Youth organisations (formal or informal). This means that organisations can apply for a grant to cover preparation, travel, course fees and accommodation of staff abroad.
The Actions supported under Key Action 1 are expected to produce positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.
Erasmus+ supports learning mobility of staff that:
- is framed into a strategic approach of the participating organisations (aimed at modernising and internationalising their mission)
- responds to clearly identified staff development needs and is accompanied by appropriate selection, preparation and follow-up measures
- ensures that the learning outcomes of participating staff are properly recognised, disseminated and widely used within the organisation
Key Action 1 supports mobility projects in the field of education, training and youth.
Professionals like teachers, trainers, counsellors, consultants, inspectors, school psychologists, career guides, teacher trainers etc are eligible
Professionals as well as non-professionals (volunteers) of such occupations, both educational staff as well as supporting staff (e.g. management), are eligible to be funded by the new Erasmus+ programme, as long as they reside and their organisation is based in all EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Iceland, FYROM or Switzerland.
In line with the annual Work Programme adopted by the Commission, the following Erasmus+ policy priorities are related to our International Funding Programmes:
promoting healthy behaviours, in particular through the promotion of the practice of outdoor activities, as a means to promote healthy lifestyles as well as to foster social inclusion and the active participation of young people in society
developing basic and transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualism in the field of youth, using innovative and learner-centred pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment and certification methods based on learning outcomes
promoting stronger coherence between different EU and national transparency and recognition tools, so as to ensure that skills and qualifications can be easily recognised across borders