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Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It will run for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.

Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

It is aimed at students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and professionals of organisations active in the education, training and youth sector.

Who Can Take Part?

Erasmus+ is aimed at schools, further and higher education institutions, vocational education, adult education, youth and sport organisations actively involved in delivering formal and non-formal education, training, youth work and sporting activities.

Applications for activities are made at an organisational level to either the UK National Agency or the European Commission. Participating organisations can then offer exciting opportunities for their students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and staff to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

What Can I Do?

Taking part in the programme helps you to develop personally and professionally; you will gain valuable international experience, broaden your horizons, experience new cultures and discover new ways of working. Erasmus+ is of particular benefit to young people who can learn new skills to improve their employability, acquire life skills, and develop their confidence.

Erasmus+ supports higher education students to study abroad for up to one year in another European university or to gain valuable international work experience in a European organisation. Apprentices and students in further or vocational education can also benefit from an international experience by taking part in a traineeship abroad or attending a European VET school.

Where Can I Go?

Outside of the UK, there are 27 EU countries, including their Overseas Countries and Territories, and five non-EU countries (Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Liechtenstein and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) where you can visit during your Erasmus+ project. It may also be possible to go to additional Partner Countries. Further information can be found on the Erasmus+ Participating Countries page.

Why Take Part?

Erasmus+ will help participants at all stages of their lives, from school through to adulthood, to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning across Europe, both inside and outside of the classroom. You will gain valuable life-skills and international experience to help you develop personally, professionally and academically and to succeed in today's world.

As well as boosting skills and employability for participants, the programme will also modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe.

The international experience gained through studying, volunteering or working abroad will give a huge boost to your self-confidence and your CV, helping you to stand out in the job market and succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. You will return more motivated, independent and confident, having improved your language skills and gained an international network of friends. Also, the UK Higher Education International Unit reports that students who study abroad earn more on average than those who don’t go abroad during their degree.

For more information on the Erasmus+ programme at Bridgwater & Taunton College, please contact Jon Harding, European Erasmus+ Project Manager on 01278 441302, or email the Erasmus Team.

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