Youth Exchanges are just the job for employability

Erasmus+ Youth Exchange projects help participants acquire and improve skills that are essential for employment according to new analysis of RAY survey data carried out by ZK Analytics for the UK Erasmus+ National Agency. 

The analysis found that participants consistently reported achieving positive outcomes across a range of skills and knowledge areas. This experience is helping prepare participants for employment or further education and training.

  • 84% of survey respondents felt that their participation would encourage them to engage in further education; and 

  • 91% of survey respondents said their involvement would encourage them to make use of non-formal education.

Youth Exchanges are especially helpful in supporting the inclusion of participants facing obstacles. These participants were more likely to report a positive outcome compared to other participants. They were more likely to strongly agree that their participation had improved their ability to:

  • develop an idea and put it into practice (38% versus 31% not facing barriers);

  • identify opportunities for personal or professional development (39% versus 31%);

  • negotiate joint solutions when there are different viewpoints (42% versus 33%); and 

  • think logically and draw conclusions (32% versus 21%). 

These differences remained significant even after differences in the socio-economic profile of the participants were taken into account.

The research shows the important contribution of Erasmus+ in supporting young people, especially those facing obstacles, to gain important skills and competence. Explore our interactive Logic Model to find out how Erasmus+ is helping participants in the UK.

The report is part of a series of three produced by ZK Analytics and also includes Civil Society and Youth Worker and Youth Work. You can download all three from our Programme Impact page.

RAY is the Research-based Analysis of Youth. The RAY Network includes over 30 Erasmus+ National Agencies and their research partners who cooperate on several research projects that explore the impact of Erasmus+ on participants and the youth sector.