Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the 2021-2027 period. Education, training, youth and sport are key areas that support citizens in their personal and professional development. High quality, inclusive education and training, as well as informal and non-formal learning, ultimately equip young people and participants of all ages with the qualifications and skills needed for their meaningful participation in democratic society, intercultural understanding and the successful transition to the labour market.

Building on the success of the programme in the 2014-2020 period, Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the number of opportunities offered to even more participants and to a wider range of organisations, focusing on the qualitative impact of the Programme and contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies.

European citizens need to be better equipped with the knowledge, skills and competences necessary in a dynamically changing society that is increasingly mobile, multicultural and digital. Spending time in another country to study, to learn and to work should become the standard, and the opportunity to learn two other languages in addition to one’s mother tongue should be offered to everyone.


The Programme has the following specific objectives:

  • to promote learning mobility of individuals and groups, as well as cooperation, quality, inclusion and equity, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training;

  • to promote non-formal and informal learning mobility and active participation among young people, as well as cooperation, quality, inclusion, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of youth;

  • to promote learning mobility of sport staff, as well as cooperation, quality, inclusion, creativity and innovation at the level of sport organisations and sport policies.

Erasmus+ Participant Comment: “I would never have dreamt I'd get the opportunity to travel and learn as part of a course in Mullingar"

Our involvement;

Our involvement with offering international travel dates by to 1989. As part of the “Wider Horizons” programme, we teamed up with a similar organisation in Cookstown Co.Tyrone. A total of 20 learners plus staff travelled to Montreal Canada for Eight weeks with the aim of Diversity awareness and commonality at a time of social and religious unrest in Ireland with bonds lasting to present times.

With the continuation of Wider Horizons in 1990, the centre partnered with ALFA in Vernon France and undertook Four trips travelling both ways. During 1992 our Metalwork course developed a prototype recycling machine for cans which resulted in a link to BBW in Dusseldorf Germany where an exchange of Twelve learners from Germany to build the prototype in Mullingar and another Twelve of our learners travelling to Germany for similar.

Across a number of years from 2005 onwards we participated in “Youth for Europe” programme. We partnered with AIR in Honesffos Norway for a Culture & Sports diversity project which saw Eleven of our learners travel to Norway for Winter sports with the 1994 Winter Olympics venue Lillehammer as the location. During that period, a similar number of Norwegian learners travelled to Mullingar.

The learning and experiences from these trips are invaluable to our learners with many having lasting memories and bonds from them. We now feel the time is right to re-introduce these projects in the form of Erasmus+ into the Centre.


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