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Young man painting a kindergarden school wall while a volunteering. Mizan, Ethiopia
In 2016 we celebrated 20 years of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) and highlighted the successes of EVS projects and participants, past and present. During this time over 100,000 young people from across Europe have been taking part in one of the programme’s projects.  EVS20 celebrations Celebrations took place across European countries. One of the biggest events was the European Youth...
competition winner andrea collects her prize at the Erasmus+ Effect Annual Conference
A picture says a thousand words. That is why this year we held our second annual Erasmus+ photo competition and were overwhelmed with your response! This post has a rundown of our favourite moments from the competition. Maybe you missed it, or want to know what our winners have been up to? Read on to find out more. Pictured L-R: National Agency Director Ruth Sinclair Jones, Director’s Choice...
In 2016, almost 26% of the total Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) budget was allocated to partnerships in the Western Balkans with Higher Education Institution (HEIs) across the 33 Erasmus+ Programme countries. However, in the UK, it was a very different story. We take a closer look at this region to find out more and see why some HEIs have chosen what, for the UK, seems to be a less...
vet week logo
This week is European Vocational Skills Week and vocational education and training couldn’t be more of a hot topic right now!  VET plays a critical role in supporting skills, jobs, innovation and competitiveness, as well as being an indispensable tool in making sure people have the skills they need in a fast-changing labour market; it’s more than time that VET had its moment in the spotlight. In...
Did you know our Erasmus+ UK Annual Conference is next week? Here’s everything you need to know about the day so you can turn up prepared and keep up to date with all the sessions! With nearly a week to go before this year’s Annual Conference on Wednesday 23 November, the countdown has begun and here at the National Agency we are busy trying to make the day as perfect as possible.  So what do you...
learning networks delegates standing during plenary
If you have booked your place for our next Learning Networks event on 22 November in Cardiff, thank you! Learning Networks is about encouraging cross-sector discussions and sharing best practices. Keen to know more? Here is a preview of our workshops, tips for networking on the day and how your feedback has helped us shape this event. Key information The event is being held at City Hall, Cardiff...
2015 information session attendees
Interested in knowing how Erasmus+ can help your project take off? Our Information Sessions are tailored for you. Cardiff is our first destination on Tuesday 11 October. This session, which will be followed by five other locations across the UK until the end of November, will provide an overview of the funding opportunities available under the programme for 2017.  These meetings are for any...
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So you submitted your Erasmus+ UK youth funding application, but what happens next? Here's a rundown of what to expect: 1) You should receive an acknowledgement email You should have received an email from us acknowledging we have received your application. We aim to do this within two weeks of receiving your application and you should contact us if you haven't received an email from us within...
Make a splash
This year’s Erasmus+ photo competition, launched on 5 September, is called ‘My Erasmus+ Moment’. Entries are coming in from students, staff, learners and volunteers, all taking up the challenge to show how they have benefited from the Erasmus+ programme in one photo! We are looking for photos that highlight the passion and enthusiasm participants have for the Erasmus+ programme and the impact it...
With the upcoming deadline on 4 October, 11 am (UK time), for Youth Round 3 in 2016, staff from the UK National Agency prepared a series of videos to help applicants for Key Action 2 and Key Action 3 funding with useful hints and tips. The topics covered aim to increase the quality of applications and help with common mistakes made on eForms.  The videos gained great popularity on our social...
Flipchart with writing "Impact"
Here at the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, we are tackling how to assess the impact of the programme upon the UK. Between 2014-2016 we allocated total grant funds of €346.9m and there is growing interest from policy-makers and stakeholders in what the benefits of all this activity and funding are. So far, we have supported almost 2,800 projects and in offices up and down the UK beneficiaries are...
Rugby player kicking ball
The Olympics has now run its course and team GB have done us proud in #Rio2016, but don't let that stop your sporty spirits! European Week of Sport starts on 10 September and there are plenty of opportunities to get stuck in. What is European Week of Sport? European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or...
Carla with colleague in Slovenia
With 865,000 young people (aged 16-24) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) between January and March 2016, there is a continuing need to find solutions to tackle long-term unemployment. Erasmus+ projects can provide participants with qualifications, skills and competences that enhance their employability. A current Transnational Cooperation Activity (TCA) is looking...
The UK in the European Higher Education Area
This blog post was written by guest John Reilly, author of The UK in the European Higher Education Area (1.3 MB) – A report on the UK EHEA workshops (2015-2016). Following the outcome of the European Union (EU) Referendum and the uncertainties it has produced, particularly in higher education, it is understandable that UK universities may be reluctant to commit resources to participate in...
example by everything is possible of erasmus+ promotion in comic strip
At our most recent Learning Networks event, the focus of the Widening Participation workshop was bridging cultures and building trust, building successful partnerships.  If you missed the event check out our round-up video above. One of the conclusions from the widening participation group was a question – how can we make promotional content student-friendly?  Most organisations that send...
EVS 20th anniversary cake
On 20 and 21 May 2016, representatives of two UK youth organisations, Katarzyna Stepien of Leonard Cheshire Disability and Natasha Johnson-Richards of Go Digit All, attended the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg, France, to talk about their European Voluntary Service (EVS) activities and projects, as part of EVS20. EYE brings together thousands of young people across Europe and this is the...
erasmus+ learning networks delegates sit around table smiling
Our fourth Learning Networks event took place on 26 May 2016 in Manchester and it was a huge success. We would like to say a special thank you to all the #epluspeople who really made the day. We were pleased to be joined by 60 delegates and all their contributions on the day showed us that everyone faces similar issues across the sectors, but by working together we can create innovate and...
EVS20 image of Anna Sowa
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS). We decided to celebrate this event by following the EVS story of one participant, Anna Sowa, whose life has been completely changed since becoming a volunteer. Anna Sowa started her EVS journey in the small, seaside town of Dawlish, Devon, in 2005. Coming from a big city in Poland, arriving in Dawlish felt like a bit...
collage of close ups from the studio ahead of Erasmus+ learning networks
Signed up to attend our event but not sure what to expect? Still on the fence about whether to come and want a bit more information? Read on and we’ll fill you in! Practical details The event is being held at the Studio, located at the Hive on Lever Street, in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter and will start with registration at 10am and the main presentations begin at 10.30am. We finish...
adult learners discussing around table
This guest post was originally published on Rosemount Lifelong Learning’s website and hosted on the EPALE blog. The post was written by Emilie Kristensen at Rosemount Lifelong Learning.   For many people the term adult education brings back bad memories from school. Unfortunately, in many cases individuals have finished school thinking that was their only way to learn. But nobody should ever say...
The School Education Gateway (SEG) was launched in spring 2015 to give teachers, experts and others in the school education field access to a wealth of teaching knowledge and experience from across Europe. One year on from its launch we look at the key functions for UK schools and how the portal has evolved. The School Education Gateway portal works alongside eTwinning and your eTwinning login...
erasmus+ vet charter holder Masood with Madeleine Rose
With the clock ticking on 2016 applications for the VET Mobility Charter (VMC), you might be wondering how this recognition can make a difference for your organisation when applying for the Erasmus+ programme.    Who better to inspire other organisations with experience in VET mobility than current Charter holders such as Praxis Europe, a community interest company in Birmingham: "Gaining the VMC...
Young woman smiling with wristband
So, you have a project, but who knows about it? It is really important to share and promote your Erasmus+ project and its impact. One of the best ways you can do this is by submitting a case study to us at the UK National Agency. Not only do we love hearing about your projects, your case study may inspire other people to get involved, not to mention being great promotion for your organisation!...
Drawing of conference notes from Erasmus+ TCA
Are you interested in learning about best practice in other European countries, sharing knowledge and skills with experts and peers, training your staff, or finding partners for your projects? If so, then like me, your organisation could benefit from Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA). My name is Duncan Chamberlain, and I am managing director of Bridging to the Future. Our...
sara and Chante from the Erasmus+ VET team
It’s time again to welcome in the New Year and 2016 looks to be the biggest yet for apprenticeships. Did you know since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England? Apprenticeships even featured in the New Year's Honours list, with Bobby Paton, Managing Director for Accenture based in the North East, celebrated for services to the promotion of IT skills and...