Our 2016 Annual Conference took place in Wales at Cardiff City Hall on 23 November with over 150 delegates. It was themed around the concept of the 'Erasmus+ Effect' and the impact of the programme on UK participants, organisations and the wider community. This year we aimed to celebrate and showcase the impact of the programme and its projects as well as providing an update of programme developments and priorities.
A range of high profile speakers were secured for the event including the Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James AM, and Jason Mohammad, BBC television presenter as well as senior representatives of the National Agency and Devolved Administrations which provided a good platform to showcase the importance of the programme.
Julie James AM said: “Ensuring Wales has the right skill-sets and experiences to compete internationally is a key priority for this government and the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020 fully supports our aims for raising standards of education and training provision. I am encouraged by these new figures because it is important we fully maximise the opportunities this programme presents to benefit students, practitioners and young people in Wales.”
A panel discussion moderated by Jason Mohammad and made up of senior policy makers and experts in the field of education, training and youth, was an open forum for delegates to ask their questions to the panellists.
The key note speech from Jamie Hughes captured how the programme is mainstreamed into the international strategy at Lancaster and Morecambe College and is having a real impact on the College's staff and students.
One of the highlights of the event was three of our 'My Erasmus+ Moment' Facebook competition winners who came to collect a canvas of their photo and share their experiences of their Erasmus+ placements.
You can view all the presentations from the day, including sector workshops, on our SlideShare clipboard.
You can view some of the photos from the day, in our Facebook album.
The event was covered extensively on social media using the hashtag #erasmuspluseffect. You can view our Storify summary of the day with videos, tweets, presentations and resources from the day below.