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Throughout 2020, the ECVET experts have continued to invite comment and input from mobility stakeholders on the form and nature of long-duration international mobility. As a relatively new phenomenon in the field of VET - where there is a tradition of mobility lasting weeks rather than months - a number of challenges had already been identified in relation to issues such as assessment and...
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Following our last blog post on the ECVET Expert virtual national stakeholder events, we continue to explore how UK VET mobility stakeholders are feeling about the future. In the previous blog, the ECVET Experts reported that VET mobility stakeholders were keen to increase their internationalisation, extend existing partnerships and further engage employers in the mobility process. This time,...
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The ECVET experts held a series of virtual national stakeholder events in November 2020, bringing together 25 different stakeholder organisations to discuss the shape and direction of future international mobility. As it is the final year of the current Erasmus+ programme, the ECVET team chose to focus event discussions on how to build upon and take forward the core principles and components of...
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While the pandemic has disrupted many projects, the ECVET Community of Practice has led the discussion on mobility in the new normal.  Now in its fifth year of operation, the ECVET Community of Practice (CoP) brings together experienced mobility practitioners from across the UK, to share experiences and best practices and to inform the development and use of the European Credit System for VET (...
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Sarah Hitchcock from RiSE International tells us how their project is supporting young people to move into employment at a time when coronavirus is having a major impact on the jobs market. "In April, one in ten 18-24-year olds in the UK had lost their jobs, more than double the 4% average across all age groups. The Resolution Foundation’s ‘The Full Monty report: Facing up to the challenge of the...
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For obvious reasons, most of us have learned to do things differently in 2020. The work of UK ECVET Experts is no exception. The ECVET experts have been reflecting on how to continue to support VET mobility practitioners in delivering quality assured mobility, acknowledging that the future might look different. Specifically, they have adopted a focus on the delivery of learning through...
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Social media can be a brilliant way to promote your project to a wide audience, if you know how to use it effectively. While it’s simple to set up your social media presence, you need to think carefully about your target audience, which platforms to use and what content you want to promote. In one of our Learning Networks workshops, we spoke with Jack Wylie and Dan Jolley from League Football...
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October is Black History Month, a chance to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Black people throughout history.  After an increase in widespread support for the Black Lives Matter movement in recent months, there has never been a more important time to ensure that, as educators, the lessons we teach our students and pupils are inclusive.  From Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jimi...
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This year's Erasmus+ Annual Conference, held online for the first time, attracted more than 200 delegates across two days. Interviews, discussions and presentations over the two sessions focused on the impact of the programme during the last seven years, how it has helped to boost employability and inclusion, as well as how projects have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Here we look back at the...
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Since the beginning of the programme in 2014, Erasmus+ has provided life-changing opportunities for people across the UK.  Inspired by entrants into the People of Erasmus+ competition, we delve a little deeper into their stories, looking at the impact on the people involved in the projects and the experiences behind the statistics.  A thrilling experience People of all ages and walks of life can...
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Since lockdown in the UK, many Erasmus+ beneficiaries have felt concerned about their projects and working remotely. But it’s also led to an important discussion on wellbeing, both for beneficiaries and participants. There has been an increased awareness of mental health and the impact a lockdown has on people’s wellbeing. During the height of the lockdown, in April 2020, almost one quarter of UK...
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Photo and video can be vital to your promotion and dissemination strategy. Whether your project uses social media, a website or traditional marketing materials such as newsletters and posters, including photos and videos helps to make them visually appealing and engaging.  We recently interviewed Raphael Harfaux from Everything is Possible and Allie Walton-Robson from Headway Arts to discover how...
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Erasmus+ supports language learning across the sectors by providing funding for organisations to run vital international activities. As we celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September 2020, we take a look back at our project stories and entries in the People of Erasmus+ competition, to see how Erasmus+ helps participants to learn another language, boosting their employability and...
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We recently interviewed Maija Linnala from the IARS International Institute and Dr Steve Taylor from the University of the Highlands and the Islands about how they use the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform (EPRP). They both shared some brilliant tips, so read on to discover how to make the most of the platform. 1. Get to know the platform Their first tip is all about understanding the EPRP. Maija...
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It’s fair to say this year has had some bumps in the road for many Erasmus+ projects, with lots of placements and physical meetings affected. Despite these setbacks, many of our #epluspeople have risen to the challenges presented by the lockdown. From online events to maintaining communication, they have been able to manage their projects remotely. Are you looking for tips on new ways of working...
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With the spread of Covid-19 making the original plans for Transnational Cooperation and Networking activities in 2020 unfeasible, the difficult decision was made to postpone all events. Sara Southam, senior project manager for the TCA and Stakeholder Engagement team at the UK National Agency, gives an overview of the online discussions that have taken place between Transnational Cooperation and...
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In our previous European Solidarity Corps blog post, we highlighted the similarities and key differences between Volunteering Projects and the former European Voluntary Service (EVS).  In this blog post, we’re looking into Traineeships and Jobs Projects, as organisations can use the funding to take their social action objectives to the next level. With the upcoming deadline on 1 October 2020,...
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With the help of modern technology, education has become increasingly digitalised over the past couple of decades. But until the outbreak of Covid-19 at the start of 2020, learners and educators were always able to rely on face-to-face contact to bridge the gaps that digital technology couldn’t quite cover. Since lockdown began in March, UK teaching staff and their students are now more dependent...
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One school in Scotland tells us about their out-of-this world Erasmus Club experience, where pupils were able to engage with NASA in one of their activities. An Erasmus+ club is a great way for schools to involve its pupils in a wide variety of extra-curricula activities. Wellington School in Ayr has been leading an Erasmus+ project, Eurostronomia, to increase the students' knowledge of...
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Did you know that you can still use your European Voluntary Service (EVS) or Erasmus+ volunteering accreditation to apply for Volunteering Projects funding under the European Solidarity Corps? The next deadline is 1 October 2020 (11am, UK time).  Organisations who applied for EVS and volunteering projects under Erasmus+ will recall the introduction of the European Solidarity Corps in the UK in...
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One of the best ways you can promote your project is through the media. By approaching the press, your outputs or activities can be featured to a wide audience. But how do you make a start in contacting the media? How can you catch their attention with an effective press release? On 2 July, we held our first Learning Networks online workshop, which focused on this topic, aligned with the theme of...
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The European Solidarity Corps, a programme run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, is about helping organisations and young people to take social action to strengthen and benefit communities. The key aim to any Corps project is to address important societal challenges.  Over 12 million euro has been allocated to the European Solidarity Corps in 2020 for the UK, with almost 2 million euro...
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Dominic McGeown, Enterprise Co-Ordinator at South West College in Northern Ireland, is part of an Erasmus+ Youth project team looking to equip young learners with effective tools to start their own business. He shares his thoughts on the new online world and reflects on how it will impact entrepreneurs as we emerge from lockdown. "With many businesses hitting pause on their services while we ride...
Entering the job market can be a daunting experience for young people, and they can often encounter a number of barriers and complications along the way. With a highly competitive market, the activities of the [email protected] cross-sectoral partnership, focused on supporting youth employability and entrepreneurship, is arguably now more important than ever. What is [email protected]? The [email protected]
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Since lockdown began in the UK in March, organisations have been coming up with creative solutions to the challenges brought about by social distancing. Included in these solutions is the transition from hosting events in person to hosting them virtually. Here at the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, we have moved some of our events online in order to continue our usual activities while keeping our...
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This year marks the return of our competition! The People of Erasmus+ competition is all about you and your Erasmus+ stories. Whether you were involved in the programme as a participant or beneficiary, we want to hear your experiences. All you need to do is complete the competition form, tell your story in 100-200 words and upload a selfie. To help inspire you, we asked our Erasmus+ UK team to...
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People who take part in the Erasmus+ programme go through a time of new and exciting opportunities. They often say that the experience gives them the fantastic ability to acquire new skills, travel and discover new cultures. First and foremost, though, it is the chance to meet and make life-long friends that they really value. Let’s look at what makes Erasmus+ friendships unique. Fun experiences...
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Erasmus+ gives higher education students from all walks of life the opportunity to study or work abroad, to develop new skills, raise their aspirations and boost employability. However, research shows that although less advantaged students have the most to gain from a period abroad, they are the least likely to take part. We look at how higher education institutions (HEIs) can encourage and...
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Now, more than ever, is the time to make the leap to digital. For your organisation, that could involve finding new ways of working or connecting people online so that you can continue to work in the same way you have always done.  Various UK beneficiaries have been looking at ways to adapt their activities in light of the current situation, or have previously implemented digital elements into...
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In the current climate, staying connected with your Erasmus+ project partners, participants and stakeholders is more important than ever. Here’s a list of online tools and platforms we’ve put together to help you get the best from home working. There are many tools available that are designed to support European projects, with a focus on online collaboration and sharing resources. With specific...
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World Storytelling Day takes place on 20 March each year, and what better way to get motivated to share your Erasmus+ story than a day dedicated to storytelling? In today’s world, there are so many ways to spread news and information – from videos, photography and social media, to more traditional formats, like being featured in the news. But storytelling isn’t everybody’s forte, which is why we...
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Do you know an 18-year-old up for an adventure? DiscoverEU is back – giving them the chance to travel across Europe! If you’re unfamiliar with this European Union initiative, it offers young people aged 18 the opportunity to discover Europe by providing them with a free travel pass. They can travel by themselves or with a group of up to four friends. The next round of applications takes place...
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Thirty-three million euros of Erasmus+ funding is proposed for UK schools in 2020 to support Strategic Partnership projects. This provides a significant opportunity for schools across the UK to access funding for a range of life-changing international activities that can develop key skills in both teachers and pupils, enhance the curriculum, and support education policy priorities. How can...
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Showcasing more than 130,000 projects, the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform (EPRP) is a valuable database that you can use to improve your project at every step of your Erasmus+ journey. Following the European Commission’s release of new EPRP features, we wanted to share some top tips for making the most of the platform during your project. The new features allow you to search the database by...
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Every year, Erasmus+ National Agencies across Europe fund Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA) which encompass a number of international events, seminars, training courses and workshops. The overarching aim of TCA is to help improve the quality and impact of the Erasmus+ programme. It provides a platform for organisations to collaborate, learn and develop best practice, and share knowledge...
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Louise Wareing from Lancaster Royal Grammar School talks about serendipity, collaboration and mentoring. Thanks to an Erasmus+ cross-sector meeting, organised by the UK National Agency, Louise met and established a relationship with a colleague from a different sector that is having a major impact on her, her school and its pupils. Louise tells us more... "Lancaster Royal Grammar School is one of...
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Key Action 2 is all about partnerships, whether that be exchanging good practices or cooperating for innovation. But there’s a lot that goes behind creating an effective partnership. Planning to apply for your first Key Action 2 project? Or need advice for partnership management? Take a look at our tips below, including insights from our beneficiaries. 1. Choose the right partners and build...
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There’s nothing as motivating as a deadline and the 2020 Call deadlines are now approaching. Here’s five tips to help you get application ready. 1. Priorities and criteria The applications that score highest are well prepared, well justified and clearly aligned with Key Action priority areas. If you are unsure of the priority areas for your sector and Key Action, take a look at the 2020 Programme...
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The European Commission has recently released a new platform for organisations with decentralised projects. The Organisation Registration System, which replaces the Participant Portal, allows Erasmus+ organisations to register their details, manage their projects, as well as search for other organisations. Each organisation on the platform can be identified by its unique Organisation ID (OID)....