Erasmus funding awarded to Northern Ireland’s educational, training and youth work organisations has reached more than €38m (£34.2m) since 2014, according to new figures.
The figures, released by the British Council and Ecorys UK, the National Agency delivering the EU scheme in the UK, show that in 2018 alone a record-breaking €10.1m (£9.1m) was awarded.
This represents an increase €1.3m (£1.2m) from last year, a figure which is set to rise in 2019 as there is €187m (£168m) reserved for UK schools, colleges, universities and youth organisations in the coming year – an increase from €170m (£153m) in 2018.
Erasmus grants provide for educational opportunities for young people, as well as enabling teachers, youth workers and academics to teach and train abroad.
Between 2014 and 2018 a total of 283 projects led by organisations in the educational and training sectors were funded.
The monies were awarded as follows:
Jonathan Stewart, director of the British Council Northern Ireland, said Erasmus will enable around 250,000 young people from the UK to explore new countries and cultures, develop new skills and boost their employability.
“In 2019, €187m (£168m) will be available to the UK, so that more young people benefit from international experiences," he added.
"The funding will also help organisations to form partnerships across Europe and beyond, to internationalise education, training and youth work and address common issues such as youth unemployment and social integration.”