Europe’s opportunities for our young people


Plaid Cymru's Shadow Education Minister Llyr Gruffydd AM says that the Erasmus Plus scheme gives opportunities for young people to study and travel abroad in European cities like Barcelona in Catalonia, as well as promoting international co-operation in all forms of education, from university research to apprenticeship and schoolteachers.

Plaid Cymru's Shadow Education Minister Llyr Gruffydd AM said:

“Wales benefits by £245m from our membership of the European Union, but we can still get even more benefits from our EU membership.

“The Erasmus Plus programme, named after a Dutch map-maker, shows how our young people, our universities and our schools can learn from others in Europe – and feed that knowledge back to us here in Wales.

“Where we learn about best practice across Europe, we can learn from that ourselves and do things better – whether that’s learning from early years education in Finland or renewable energy policies in countries like Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

“By giving our young people the opportunity to study or train abroad on exchanges they get to experience different perspectives that shape their future and bring back new insights that help our communities.

“Learning through experience is important. Spending a year in a European city like Barcelona and better understanding how Catalonia works is very different to reading a book about it.

“Plaid Cymru wants more experiences like this to be available – so that our schools can visit and learn about other countries, that apprenticeships can get training on cutting edge developments wherever it is available and that our universities collaborate with the best researchers that Europe has to offer.

“This is another example of the benefits of working together with Europe and why it is in Wales’ best interests to Remain in the EU.”

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