Links - European Websites
Gateway to the European Union
provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and access to the websites of EU institutions.
provides detailed information on rights and opportunities in the EU as well as practical information about living, working, studying and travelling in Europe.
is the European Union's ten-year growth strategy.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations. Detailed information on these opportunities, inluding eligiblity criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.
National ERASMUS+ AGENCIES
To bring Erasmus+ as close as possible to the participants and make sure it works well across different countries, the EU works with National Agencies to manage the programme.
Platform for projects funded by Erasmus+
including information on the results of these projects, where available, as well as a selection of good practices and success stories. The platform also contains information about the organisations responsible for those projects, providing possible future partners for those interested in taking part in Erasmus+.
EUROPASS is a transparency instrument supporting individuals to make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe. It consists of five documents: Europass curriculum vitae (CV), Europass Language Passport, Europass Certificate Supplement, Europass Diploma Supplement and Europass Mobility. It is also a network of National Europass Centres - the first point of contact if you want to learn more about Europass.
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA)
is a unique platform which brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe. Moreover, the first on-line survey among stakeholders revealed the growing importance of mobility in apprenticeships.The Alliance was launched in July 2013 with a joint declaration by the European Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, UEAPME and CEEP), the European Commission and the Presidency of the Council of the EU. This was followed by a Council Declaration by EU countries Although managed by the Commission, the success of EAfA lies with the implementation of national commitments and the commitment of partners, notably through pledges by stakeholders.
EURES – The European Job Mobility Portal
provides services for employees and employers about job vacancies and staff recruitment on European level. Furthermore it contains information and a data base on living and working conditions, current trends of the labour market and a section about possibilities of education and training.
The place to share European youth opportunities
European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument designed to support lifelong learning, the mobility of learners and the flexibility of learning pathways to achieve qualifications.
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
is a translation tool that helps communication and comparison between qualifications systems in Europe. Its eight common European reference levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. This allows any national qualifications systems, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) and qualifications in Europe to relate to the EQF levels. Learners, graduates, providers and employers can use these levels to understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems.
ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO is part of the Europe 2020 strategy.
The Commission services launched the project in 2010 with an open stakeholder consultation. DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – supported by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training Cedefop – coordinates the development of ESCO.
is a multilingual open membership community for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe.
CEDEFOP – European Centre for the development of Vocational Training
provides studies and reports on various aspects of VET within EU such as quality, transparency, accreditation, validation, new qualifications, transnational mobility and financing.
is linking the Careers Guidance systems in Europe, promotes transnational mobility and develops a European dimension in guidance.
network of more than 1000 youth professionals work with Eurodesk in 34 countries to raise awareness among young people on learning mobility opportunities and to encourage them to become active citizens. As a support organisation to Erasmus+, Eurodesk makes information on learning mobility comprehensive and accessible to youth professionals.https://eurodesk.eu/
EURYDICE / EURYPEDIA – Information network on education in Europe
The Eurydice network supports and facilitates European cooperation in the field of lifelong learning by providing information on education systems and policies in 38 countries and by producing studies on issues common to European education systems. It consists of:
42 national units based in 38 countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey)
offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and be part of a European learning community
is a network of centres providing non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders, as well as organising training and networking activities to support organisations and National Agencies active in the Erasmus+ programme.
PLOTEUS – Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space
provides information about the different European education and training systems, learning opportunities, exchange programs and grants in European countries.
ENIC Network (European Network of Information Centers)
provide information on:
- the recognition of foreign diploma, degrees and other qualifications;
- education systems in both foreign countries and the ENIC's own country;
- opportunities for studying abroad, including information on loans and scholarships, as well as advice on practical questions related to mobility and equivalence.
European Training Foundation (ETF)
http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/home supports education and training in countries surrounding the EU.