Mobility of Individuals – Key Action 1

Which actions are supported?

This Key Action supports:

  • Mobility of individuals in the field of education, training and youth
  • Joint Master Degrees
  • Mobility of Master Degree students through a Student Loan Guarantee
What are the aims of this key action?

The activities supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.

As regards students, apprentices, trainees, volunteers and young people, the mobility activities supported under this Key Action are meant to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved learning performance;
  • enhanced employability and improved career prospects;
  • increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
  • increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
  • improved foreign language competences;
  • enhanced inter-cultural awareness;
  • more active participation in society;
  • more positive attitude towards the European project and the EU values;
  • increased motivation for taking part in future (formal/ non-formal) education or training after the mobility period abroad.

As regards staff, professionals, youth workers involved in education, training and youth, the mobility activities are expected to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved competences, linked to their professional profiles (teaching, training, youth work, etc.);
  • broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training or youth across countries;
  • increased capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernisation and international opening of their educational institution;
  • greater understanding of interconnections between formal and non-formal education, vocational training and the labour market respectively;
  • better quality of their work and activities with students, trainees, volunteers, young people: greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity; increased ability to address the needs of the disadvantaged;
  • increased support for and promotion of mobility activities for learners;
  • increased opportunities for professional and career development;
  • increased competence in foreign languages;
  • increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.

Activities supported under this Key Action are also expected to produce the following outcomes on participating organisations:

  • an increased capacity to operate at EU/international level: improved management skills and
    internationalisation strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of EU/international projects;
  • an innovative and improved way of operating towards their target groups, by providing for example: more attractive programmes for students, trainees and volunteers in line with their needs and expectations; improved qualifications of teaching and training staff; improved processes of recognition and validation of competences gained during learning periods abroad; more effective activities for the benefit of local communities, improved youth work methods and practices to actively involve young people and/or to address disadvantaged groups, etc.;
  • a more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different social, educational and employment fields; planning strategically the professional development of their staff in relation to individual needs and organisational objectives; if relevant, capable of attracting excellent students and academic staff from all over the world.

In the long run, the combined effect of the several thousands of projects supported under this Key Action is expected to have a systemic impact on the systems of education, training and youth in the Programme Countries, thus stimulating policy reforms and attracting new resources for mobility opportunities in Europe and beyond.

The short and long term mobility of pupils and the blended mobility of adult learners will be supported under Key Action 2.

What is a mobility project in the field of education, training and youth?

Education, training and youth play a key role in providing people of all ages with the necessary means to participate actively in the labour market and in society at large. Projects under this action promote transnational mobility activities targeting learners (students, apprentices, trainees, volunteers, young people) and staff (teachers, professors, trainers, youth workers, people working in organisations active in the education, training and youth fields) aiming to:

  • support learners in the acquisition and the use of transversal skills with a view to improving their personal development and employability in the European labour market;
  • support the professional development of those who work in education, training and youth with a view to innovating and improving the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe;
  • enhancing notably the participants’ foreign languages competence;
  • raise participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts and to develop a sense of European citizenship and identity;
  • promote cooperation in the education, training and youth fields: increasing the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of organisations active in the education, training and youth fields so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the needs of individuals, within and outside Europe;
  • reinforce synergies and transitions between formal, non-formal education, vocational training, labour and entrepreneurship;
  • ensure a better recognition of competences gained through the learning periods abroad.

This Key Action also supports international mobility activities from or to Partner Countries in the fields of higher education and youth. In this context, the further aims of this Key Action are to:

  • enhance the attractiveness of higher education in Europe and support European higher education institutions in competing on the higher education market world-wide;
  • support the internationalisation, attractiveness and modernisation of higher education institutions outside Europe in view of promoting the development of Partner Countries;
  • promote non-formal learning and cooperation in the field of youth with Partner Countries.

Organisations active in the fields of education training and youth will receive support from the Erasmus+ programme to carry out projects promoting different types of mobility. A mobility project will consist of the following stages:

  • Preparation (including practical arrangements, selection of participants, set up of agreements with partners and participants, linguistic/intercultural/task-related preparation of participants before departure);
  • Implementation of the mobility activities;
  • Follow-up (including the evaluation of the Activities, the formal recognition – where applicable – of the learning outcomes of participants during the Activity, as well as the dissemination and use of the project’s outcomes).

Through a single grant application, the coordinator of a mobility project, will be able to apply for one or several individuals (learners and or staff) to participate in mobility Activities across Programme Countries. In the field of higher education and youth, mobility activities may involve Partner Countries as well. At application stage, individual participants do not need be identified. If the grant is awarded for a number of mobility Activities, these may take place at different times within the overall period of the Mobility Project. The applicant organisations should conceive their project in line with the needs of participants and according to their internal plans for internationalisation, capacity-building and modernisation.

Depending on the profile of the applicant organisation, a Mobility Project may support some of the following mobility activities: