Erasmus +

SFA actively participates as promoter or project partner in the new Erasmus+  programme for education, training, youth and sport in the following sectors:

  • School Education
  • Higher Education
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational and Training Education – VET
  • Youth – Non formal and informal education for young people

SFA promotes the following key actions :

Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of individuals:

  • Study period or work placement for students in Higher Education
  • Vocational traineeships for apprentices and students in initial vocational training
  • Staff Training – VET
  • Youth Exchanges
  • European Voluntary Service activities
  • Professional development and training for staff in all sectors of education, training and youth.

Key Action 2 – Co-operation for Innovation and Good Practices:

  • Projects focusing on sectoral and cross-sectoral co-operation
  • Projects working with industry
  • Bilateral and multilateral partnerships
  • Implementation of innovative activities
  • Flexibility in terms of activities and partners.

Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

  • National youth meetings
  • Transnational youth seminars.

SFA agrees with the objectives of the new program based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people’s potential, regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.


In particular, Erasmus+:

  • Helps young people to acquire additional skills through studying & training abroad
  • Enhances teaching quality in the EU and beyond
  • Supports Member States and partner countries in modernising their education and vocational training systems
  • Promotes youth participation in society
  • Supports teaching and research on European integration
  • Supports European grass-roots sport

Who will benefit from Erasmus+?

  • Up to 4 million people will benefit from EU grants for education & training opportunities abroad between 2014 and 2020, which is nearly double the number who are currently eligible for these supports

How Erasmus+ will make a difference

  • More opportunities for higher education and vocational students to study and train abroad to improve their skills and job prospects
  • More opportunities for teachers, trainers and youth workers to study and train in another country
  • More opportunities for young people to learn through youth exchanges, volunteering and participation in democratic life
  • More opportunities for education and training institutions to exchange good practice
  • Increased cooperation between educational institutions, businesses or regional authorities and other bodies such as youth organisations
  • Launch of new ‘Knowledge Alliances’ between higher education institutions and businesses
  • Expanding the eTwinning initiative that connects schools via the internet
  • Better cooperation in education policy, with an emphasis on practical outcomes such as the Europass CV, which is used by more than 10 million Europeans
  • More support for higher education in other parts of the world, particularly in neighbouring countries