Erasmus+ is the EU‘s new programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth, and sport. In the time frame 2014-2020 the programme will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience, and volunteer abroad.

What does it involve?

Funding for youth activities under Erasmus+ aims to improve the key competences, skills and employability of young people, promote young people‘s social inclusion and well-being, and foster improvements in youth work and youth policy at local, national and international level. Concretely in the field of youth, the Erasmus+ programme offers three main opportunities:

Key Action 1: Learning mobility opportunities for young people and youth workers Young people have the opportunity to participate in youth-exchanges or to volunteer for a period up to one year in another country. Youth workers can take part in training and networking activities abroad or spend some time in a youth organization abroad for a job shadowing or an observation period.

Key Action 2: Opportunities for cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices Organizations can apply for funding to work in partnership with organizations from other participating countries. The projects funded under this action will focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries.

Key Action 3: Opportunities to support policy reform The Erasmus+ programme will fund strategic activities supporting policy reform across the EU. Funding opportunities in the field of youth under this action can take the form of meetings between young people and decision makers.

Who can take part?

Various opportunities are available under Erasmus+, including opportunities for young people (aged 13-30), youth organizations, and other stakeholders active in the field of youth. Find out more here. The following Manual was developed through the training course “Non formal education – key to success!” under the Key Action 1 with the support of the Erasmus+ programme.