Almost two weeks after the official launch of Erasmus+ in the UK, today marks another important date as we celebrate Europe Day 2014.
The annual event, held on 9 May, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. To mark the occasion, the EU’s institutions are opening their doors to the public in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. You can read more about these and other activities being held throughout Europe on the European Commission's website.
Here in the UK, we are pleased to be able to look ahead to the benefits Erasmus+ will bring over the next seven years. The focus of employability and skills from the Lifelong Learning Programme has been streamlined into Erasmus+, to support youth employment and improve Europe’s competitiveness.
One real life example of this can be seen through sports travel company, AMsportstours, a Leonardo project, where participants from AMsportstours’ soccer schools undertook a two week work placement at the Olympic Institute in Stockholm. Learners gained hands-on experience in a motivational environment and developed their coaching skills while increasing their performance levels.
The organisation supports the participants not only during their mobility, but also afterwards and has set up a contact system for learners to monitor their progress, achievements and their employability throughout their mobility journey. The results see many graduates from partner organisation Elmwood College in Fife, Scotland going on to gain full time employment with AMsportstours’ soccer schools.
I completed the two week placement in May and this for me was the experience of a lifetime, the progress I made in two weeks is unbelievable… Robbie Lang, Mobility participant