Rumbles welcomes continued Erasmus participation


North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles, has welcomed a motion proposed by Liberal Democrat Angus Councillor Ben Lawrie. The motion called for continued UK participation in the Erasmus scheme. Parties across Angus Council voted to pass the motion today.

The scheme allows students to develop language skills and study across Europe. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has left UK participation in the scheme in doubt.

 

Erasmus also provides educational funding across Europe. Since 2014 the Angus area has received £1,847,760 in funding from the scheme.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “I welcome the news that Angus Council has backed this motion proposed by Liberal Democrat Councillors. Investment in education is an investment in our future.

 

“The Erasmus scheme is a great example of what can be achieved through cooperation in Europe. I hope the UK Government will take notice of our local voice.”

 

Councillor Lawrie said: “Young people in Angus have benefitted hugely from this programme. Brexit should not be an obstacle to our continued participation in Erasmus.

 

“During the next Erasmus period of 2021-2027, the programme is going to be bigger than ever, double the size of the last one, with 30 billion Euros in the pot. Despite this, the UK Government is yet to give an unambiguous commitment to continuing our participation in the programme.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

 

Angus Council Agenda 6th February 2020 can be found here: http://www.angus.gov.uk/sites/angus-cms/files/2020-02/Angus%20Council.pdf

 

Councillor Lawrie's motion:

 

Erasmus + Programme

 

“This Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the UK Government to highlight the importance of the Erasmus+ Programme for Angus and asks the UK Government to continue participation in this programme after the UK has left the EU”.

 

A total of £1,847,760 has gone to projects in the Angus area since 2014, please the table below. Table provided by East of Scotland European Consortium:

 

 

Erasmus+ projects in the Angus area since 2014

 

The current programme, which started in 2014, ends in 2020.

 

2014

Grange Primary School

Language Training

€ 4,535.00

Strathmore Primary School

Language Training

€ 2,305.00

Dundee and Angus College 

Using Cooperative Learning to Promote Employer Engagement

€ 300,000.00

Dundee and Angus College

Leading Learning Academy Reciprocal Network

€ 59,460.00

Total

€ 366,300

 

2015

Arbroath Academy

Three Week Immersion Course In Spain

€ 3,677.00

Borrowfield Primary School

Language Training

€ 4,330.00

Lochside Primary School

French Language Training

€ 6,495.00

Maisondieu Primary School

Language Training

€ 6,495.00

Northmuir Primary School

Language Training

€ 4,330.00

Dundee and Angus College

Partner countries - Malaysia

€ 16,850.00

Total

€ 42,177

 

2016

Bervie Primary

Language Training

€ 2,165.00

Isla Primary School

French Project

€ 2,165.00

Southmuir Primary School

Spanish and French Language Training

€ 4,170.00

 Dundee and Angus College

D and A Reach into Europe

€ 229,607.00

 Dundee and Angus College

Partner countries – United States

€ 58,090.00

Total

€ 296,197

 

2017

Borrowfield Primary School

Language Training

€ 6,495.00

Isla Primary School

French Language Training

€ 4,610.00

Warddykes Primary School

Spanish Immersion Course 2017/2018

€ 2,005.00

Whitehills Primary School

French And Spanish Immersion Courses 2017/2018

€ 4,170.00

Dundee and Angus College

Developing Expertise in Learning and Training Assessment in the Workplace

€ 240,556.00

Dundee and Angus College

D&A Reach into Europe - Two

€ 246,660.00

Total

€ 504,496.00

 

2018

Lochside Primary School

1+2 Language Development

€ 4,650.00

Montrose Academy

One Week Follow-Up Course in Santiago de Compostela

€ 2,325.00

Strathmore Primary School

Learning in Languages

€ 4,650.00

Dundee and Angus College

D&A Reach into Europe - Three

€ 324,195.00

Angus Council

Youth Wellbeing 4 All

€ 35,465.00

Total

€ 371,285.00

 

2019

DCC, Angus, P&K Councils

PanTayside Language Training Programme (coordinated by DCC - 80 teachers involved)

€ 191,600

Dundee and Angus College

D&A Reach into Europe - 4

€ 409,623

Total

€ 1,162,779

 

Total since 2014 = €2,181,678 (£1,847,760)


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