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EUCIS-LLL survey on partnerships, Erasmus+

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EUCIS-LLL organised a survey on partnerships to feed in the discussions of the 2013 European Education, Training and Youth Forum. This annual Forum aims to bring together various stakeholders  in order to discuss key EU policy developments. The 2013 Forum was focused on “Working together for Reforms”, emphasising the need for policy-makers and key stakeholders to work in partnership, in order to foster the successful implementation of reforms at national and regional level, in particular through the opportunities offered by the new EU education, training and youth programme 2014-2020 “Erasmus+”. The survey run from 30 July to 7 October 2013, EUCIS-LLL collected 733 answers.

Key outcomes:

  • Most respondents see Erasmus+ as a great opportunity to support the exchange of knowledge and good practices, to bridge the gap between the world of work and the world of education, to improve the quality of education and training systems and to support innovation.
  • The survey highlights some limitations to better match the policy and programme level such as the lack of awareness about the European agenda in youth and in education and training.
  • As regards cooperation, it seems that more efforts are needed to develop partnerships between different type of actors (companies, civil society and youth organisations, research, education and training institutions) and across sectors.
  • When asked about the main obstacles to such partnerships, the lack of cooperation mechanisms comes first followed by the lack of awareness about the benefits. This confirms the fact that we need a political impulse to encourage a dynamic of “working together” but also to support cooperation mechanisms. This is comforted by the fact that most respondents believe dialogue is possible, and only a minority think that there is a lack of mutual trust and interest. Erasmus+ is clearly a tool to support cooperation between actors and sectors.
  • Respondents see it as a way to work on topics such as youth unemployment, recognition of learning outcomes, better transition with the labour market and social inclusion.
  • When asked about possible barriers to their participation in Erasmus+, respondents pointed to high administrative burdens, financial barriers, lack of information and lack of time and human resources. The elaboration of Erasmus+ is the perfect momentum for improvement and simplification as announced by the European Commission. This should be done, in EUCIS-LLL opinion, in close collaboration with beneficiaries.

See all EUCIS-LLL SURVEY final results.

Read our Press Release.

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