Decentralised activities and projects that can be funded under Erasmus+ are referred to as Key Actions. There are three Key Action areas which can be summarised as:
Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
This is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness. Under Key Action 1 organisations can apply for funding to run mobility projects to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.
Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices
This is all about enabling organisations to work together to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices. Under Key Action 2 organisations can apply for funding to work in partnership with organisations from other participating countries.
Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform
This Key Action covers any type of activity aimed at supporting and facilitating the modernisation of education and training systems. Under Key Action 3, the Erasmus+ programme will fund strategic activities supporting policy reform across the EU in education, training and youth.
All Key Actions cover the five fields of higher education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education and youth.
Each partner in the UK National Agency manages specific parts of the programme, with the British Council responsible for schools and higher education, and Ecorys UK responsible for adult education and vocational education and training. Both organisations manage different aspects of youth funding – see below for details.
Key Action 1 - Mobility for higher education students and staff; and Mobility for school staff.
Key Action 2 - Strategic Partnerships for higher education; Strategic Partnerships for schools; Strategic Partnerships for youth; and Strategic Partnerships in more than one field where the focus is in the field of schools, youth or higher education.
Key Action 3 - Meetings between Young People and Decision Makers.
Key Action 1 - Mobility for VET learners and staff; and Mobility for adult education staff and Mobility for young people and youth workers.
Key Action 2 - Strategic Partnerships for VET; Strategic Partnerships for adult education; and Strategic Partnerships in more than one field - where the focus is in the field of VET or adult education.