Nearly a quarter of a million students and apprentices in the UK are set to receive EU grants to study or work abroad over the next seven years, following the launch of the new Erasmus+ programme in London today.
Liberal Democrat MEP and European Youth policy spokesperson Rebecca Taylor is urging young people to take advantage of a new EU education programme. The new scheme will see its total funding increased by 40% to £12.1 billion, with the UK expected to receive over £100 million of funding this year.
Since 2007 nearly 162,000 people in the UK have received an EU grant to study or gain work experience abroad, and numbers are steadily rising each year. Under reforms pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs, there will now be a particular emphasis on increasing opportunities for vocational trainees and apprentices to gain experience abroad.
Rebecca Taylor commented:
“It’s fantastic news that even more young people in the UK will now be given the opportunity to study or train abroad.
“I’m particularly pleased to see more EU funding for apprentices and those in vocational education. This will reinforce efforts by Liberal Democrats to boost
apprenticeships and give every young person the skills they need to get on in life.
“It is vital that we now get local young people to take advantage of the new opportunities being provided. Working and studying abroad is a unique chance to improve your foreign language skills, gain confidence and increase your future employability in today’s fiercely competitive job market.
“Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain in Europe because being in is the best way to increase opportunities for young people and secure our future as a successful, open and dynamic economy.”
Notes to Editors
More information about the UK launch of the Erasmus+ scheme can be found here.