Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The programme has increased its 2018 budget by €200 million since 2017, representing an increase of 8%. Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ does not just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
The major changes since 2017 include:
-Additional opportunities for Erasmus+ higher education students to carry out traineeships aimed at gaining digital skills;
-The ErasmusPro initiative under VET mobility projects to boost long term mobility for VET learners;
-A new “Schools Exchange Partnerships” format under Strategic Partnerships to help schools better finding their way into cooperation projects;
-The action “Sector Skills Alliances” has been reintroduced to this Programme Guide;
-The funding rules for most actions have been fine-tuned;
As in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 Programme Guide places a special focus on encouraging projects supporting social inclusion (notably of refugees and migrants), as well as preventing radicalisation.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available here