Léargas – Ireland’s National Agency for support of EU Youth Programmes
Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 20 years. It is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Through European and international programmes, Léargas enables the development of intercultural awareness, facilitates change management, and assists in the development of new responses to the need for innovation in education and the workplace.
Léargas is the Irish National Agency that manages Erasmus+, a new EU programme that brings together and supports seven existing programmes in the fields of education, training and youth and for the first time will provide support for sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the education, training and youth sectors and has simplified funding rules.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. To tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe, Erasmus+ will also support transnational partnerships among education, training and youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of education and work. It will also support national efforts to modernise education, training and youth systems.
Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Spain and Jamaica and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance.