"This policy aims to provide guidelines for the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme. In particular, it aims at increasing attractiveness of STEM by reforming STEM curricula with STE(A)M approach, and at increasing levels of achievement and interest in STEM by developing national STEM strategies, and as far as VET is concerned, it aims at designing VET provisions focusing on job specific skills, key competences, soft skills as well as STEM."
Applicability and Audience
"To provide guidelines for application of REGULATION (EU) No 1288/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 December 2013 establishing 'Erasmus+': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport"
This policy lays out eligibility priorities and areas for actions under the Erasmus+ Programme. In relation to STEM it says that the Programme aims at (page 102): Tackling skills gaps and mismatches through: a) supporting the development of learning outcomes oriented curricula that better meet the learning needs of students, while also being relevant for the labour market and for the wider society; b) implementing trans disciplinary approaches and innovative pedagogies such as student centred learning, inverted learning and research based learning which support the acquisition of transferable forward looking skills; c) developing, testing and implementing flexible and modular course design (part time, online or blended) and appropriate forms of assessment; d) increasing attractiveness and reforming curricula for STEM with a STEAM approach including real world applications, inquiry based and ICT enriched learning, collaborative practices, including university business cooperation.
Furthermore, at page 103, as far as Education is concerned, it aims at: Increasing the levels of achievement and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This priority will include, among others: promoting the development of national STEM strategies; developing partnerships between schools, businesses, higher education institutions, research institutions, and wider society; promoting effective and innovative pedagogies and assessment; promoting the STE(A)M approach to education through interdisciplinary teaching of STEM in cultural, environmental, economic, design and other contexts, with the involvement of all academic disciplines.
Finally, at page 143, it specifies that actions under Sector Skills Alliaces will aim at designing VET provision focusing both on job specific skills as well as on key competences122, soft skills, and STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), while providing effective opportunities to acquire or develop those competences, particularly in work related training contexts.
"The implementation of actions to be taken under the programme is laid out in relevant calls for proposals under Erasmus+ Programme."