About the programme
For the UK to be competitive in a European and global economy, it is essential that it has a mobile, flexible and motivated work force and society. To support this, the EU-funded Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action Programme, offer individuals at all stages of their lives the chance to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning across Europe.
The European Commission has set ambitious targets for the four principal programmes, in order to ensure a significant, identifiable and measurable impact for the Lifelong Learning Programme.
For Comenius: To involve at least three million pupils in joint educational activities, over the period of the programme;
For Erasmus: To contribute to the achievement by 2012 of three million individual participants in student mobility under the present programme and its predecessors;
For Leonardo: To increase placements in enterprises to 80,000 per year by the end of the programme;
For Grundtvig: To support the mobility of 7,000 individuals involved in adult education per year, by 2013.
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Understanding the LLP in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy
In response to the economic and financial crisis, the European Commission has published the Europe 2020 strategy in order to help get Europe back on track.
Europe 2020 is the about achieving a sustainable future, with more jobs and better lives. It builds on the Lisbon strategy which was introduced in 2000 to address the similar challenges which have been accelerated by the serious economic crisis over the past few years. The priority of the LLP is to contribute to education and training goals set out in the EU 2020 strategy.
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More specifically, the LLP supports the implementation of European policy in education and training set out in the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020).
The long term strategic objectives set out in ET 2020 are:
- Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality by implementing lifelong learning strategies, developing qualification frameworks, and promoting the mobility of learners, teachers and trainers across Europe. This objective is closely linked to Youth on the Move initiative.Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training by enabling all learners to acquire the basic skills and competences needed for their employability. This objective is closely linked to New Skills for New Jobs Initiative.
- Promoting equality, social cohesion and active citizenship by addressing educational disadvantage through the provision of high quality, supportive and inclusive education.
- Enhancing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels of education and training by promoting the development of key competences at all levels of education and to encourage cooperation between all sectors of education, training and the world of work.
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How ‘Youth on the Move’ initiative is linked to the LLP
The ‘Youth on the Move’ initiative was launched in September 2010 and is a wide-ranging EU Youth and mobility initiative, closely linked to the LLP. The target group is young people aged 15 – 35.The aim of the initiative is to give all young people the chance to spend part of their educational pathway in other Member States.
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