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Erasmus+ participation doubles in 2014; boosts youth employment.

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Erasmus+ participation doubles in 2014; boosts youth employment.

“ Here are the 3 highlights of this excellent article:

* Under an expanded funding formula, participation in the Erasmus+ European student mobility programme more than doubled in 2014

* 500,000 students and 150,000 educators received funding for training, study, and volunteering abroad that year

* The programme has been shown to have significant effects on the employability of participants

* This is especially true for programme alumni in Eastern Europe, whose risk of long-term unemployment was reduced by 83%, and Southern Europe, where mobile students were half as likely to experience long-term unemployment


1) In December 2013, European Union ministers concluded an agreement for a major consolidation and expansion of student mobility programmes across Europe. That landmark agreement created Erasmus+ and provided for a 40% increase in mobility funding through 2020.

Erasmus+ has a total budget of €14.7 billion (US$16.4 billion) and a newly released report for 2014, the first full year under the new programme, confirms total spending of €2.07 billion (US$2.3 billion) over the year, with two-thirds of that total (or about €1.2 billion) allocated to mobility programmes.


That concentrated spending led to a dramatic increase in European student mobility in 2014. Nearly 650,000 people participated in training, study, or volunteering abroad, including roughly 500,000 students and trainees and 150,000 teachers and educators who had “the opportunity to improve their competencies by teaching and training abroad.”


Table:- Erasmus+ project approvals, spending, and participant counts for student and staff mobility projects, 2014. Source: European Commission


2) Driving better employment outcomes

To take a broader view, students are historically motivated to enter the programme by a desire for international experience and by an interest in boosting their career prospects. Nine in ten say they want to join the programme to experience living abroad, learn or improve a foreign language, and develop their skills. Slightly less (87%) say they want to enhance their employability abroad, and nearly eight in ten also want to improve their employment prospects at home. These goals are well reflected in a second newly released report, The Erasmus Impact Study, which provides a detailed analysis of 71,368 responses to a 2014 survey of former programme participants.


The impact study looks at the personality traits and skills of programme participants, both before and after their Erasmus experience and also in comparison to non-mobile students (that is, to those who did not go abroad). The study makes two notable findings in this respect:

* Erasmus students show higher values for personality traits that are highly valued by employers – including the ability to work in teams, communication skills, planning skills, and problem-solving skills – than do non-mobile students.

* Erasmus participants show a marked improvement in such skills after their experience abroad.


The impact study also clearly demonstrates a relationship between Erasmus participation and employment outcomes. The effects were most notable for participants in Eastern Europe, whose risk of long-term unemployment was reduced by 83% (compared to non-mobile students), and Southern Europe, where mobile students were half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared to those who had not gone abroad.

The impact report adds, “Work placements seem to have a particularly direct positive impact on finding a job, with one in three Erasmus students on average offered a position by their host company.


3) At the end of the day, Erasmus+ is a very ambitious and highly targeted effort to boost education and training and reduce youth unemployment. The impact studies of previous Erasmus participants and the dramatic expansion of European mobility that began in 2014 under Erasmus+ both indicate that the programme has a significant impact on employment outcomes and labour mobility in Europe. “


Language Xchange Ireland have many programs which meet the criteria for Erasmus + funding, two of which are:-

(i) Our Work Placement Program for 2, 3 or 4 weeks in Ireland.


Why not join our summer “Open group” for voluntary work placements in Kilkenny Ireland



 (ii) Our Internship Program for >4 weeks in Ireland


We work closely with Erasmus+ partner schools and welcome students from EU countries, who wish to further their education and increase their employability.


Language Xchange Ireland are a firm believer in preparing students for employment and increasing their employability – please click on a recent news feed below


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