Foyle International secure half a million in funding to send Northern Irish abroad for work internships!

Foyle International have secured £520,000 from Erasmus+ funding, giving Northern Irish locals the opportunity to work across Europe to develop skills, job prospects and cultural awareness.
Patrick and Ronan who undertook internships in hospitality and catering in Berlin, Germany
Patrick and Ronan who undertook internships in hospitality and catering in Berlin, Germany
The funding will be used to fund recent graduates, students of VET colleges and those currently unemployed, to travel to partner countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Malta, France, Holland, Portugal and Reunion Island for work internships. There are 120 positions available until October 2021 and there are 110 internships for 4 weeks and 10 internships for 3 months.  Feargal Doherty, European Project Manager at Foyle International said:
We are absolutely delighted to secure this funding as it will give the young people in the north of Ireland the chance to travel, work and enjoy other European cultures whilst enhancing their employability skills. These young adults will be ambassadors for Derry and I am sure with their charm and personalities will further spread the word of N.Ireland as an ideal location to visit as a tourist, study as a student or invest as a business.
Reunion Island
Porto, Portugal
Seville, Spain
In 2018-19 over 60 students from Derry participated in a previous Erasmus+ project with Foyle in the fields of tourism, hospitality and catering, at several locations throughout Europe. 

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. It is aimed at students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and professionals of organisations active in the education, training and youth sector. Taking part in the programme helps you to develop personally and professionally; you will gain valuable international experience, broaden your horizons, experience new cultures and discover new ways of working. Erasmus+ is of particular benefit to young people who can learn new skills to improve their employability, acquire life skills, and develop their confidence.
Erasmus students from Derry who undertook work internships in Perpignan, France in July 2019

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Erasmus Plus

What is Erasmus+ ?

Many of you may have heard of Erasmus. A European programme that allows students to study abroad? Okay, that was the definition of Erasmus 30 years ago! Today, this European programme has evolved and is no longer just for higher education students…

The story of Erasmus

The Erasmus programme was created in 1987. The Council of Ministers of Education wanted to give recognition to study  abroad, and grant financial aid and accommodation for students taking part in these programmes. 

Indeed, at the beginning, Erasmus was only intended for higher education students. In the first year, it only involved 11 countries and 3000 students. Its name stands for "European Community Action Scheme of the Mobility University Students". It pays homage to the famous philosopher Erasmus, the forerunner of European identity in the 15th century.

In 30 years, the Erasmus programme has become one of Europe's greatest success stories. Under its new name "Erasmus Plus" (or Erasmus+), it now brings together all European programmes. Programmes dedicated to education, training, youth and sport! Jobseekers, apprentices, sportsmen and women and teachers can also take part in Erasmus +.

Since 1987, 9 million people have benefited from mobility in 33 different countries, including 4 million students.

Erasmus+ objectives

Erasmus+ contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion and to the objectives of the strategic framework "Education and Training 2020".

The programme encompasses the following themes :

  • Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
  • Promoting adult education, particularly in the field of new skills and competences in demand on the labour market
  • Encouraging young people to participate in democratic life in Europe
  • Supporting innovation, cooperation and reforms
  • Reducing school dropout
  • Promoting cooperation and mobility with EU partner countries

Programs for everyone

If you’re aged 18-30 and living in the UK, you can use Erasmus+ to learn a new skill by taking part in work internships lasting from two weeks to 12 months! Your travel, accommodation, food and insurance will be paid for, along with a small monthly allowance. 

Not to mention that you’ll have the opportunity to try out the type of work you might want to do in the future, employers will love that you’ve gone out your way to learn new skills, gain relevant work experience and experience a different culture and language. Erasmus + aims to be versatile and accessible to all.

Through Erasmus+

  • Young people can study, volunteer and gain work experience abroad, to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability
  • Staff can teach or train abroad, to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers, and gain fresh ideas
  • UK organisations can collaborate with international partners, to drive innovation, share best practice, and offer new opportunities to young people.

Why take part in this program ?

Reason n°1 : Erasmus facilitates mobility in Europe through financial support and a network of collaborators. This will help you to leave and live this experience in the best possible way.

Reason n°2 : The Erasmus experience is unique! It is the opportunity to learn a new language, meet new cultures and live new experiences! 

Reason n°3 : Whether you are a high school student, teacher, student or job seeker, the Erasmus passport opens many doors. For example, the unemployment rate for Erasmus students is 23% lower than for those who have never been abroad.

So, why not travel, gain work experience, learn a language and become part of a big European family?

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