I am currently co-ordinating an Erasmus+ bid on behalf of a network of Universities in Wales, UK. We plan to make a bid under Key Action 2 - Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth. We are currently seeking 2 partners. Due to the Memorandum of Understanding that exists between Wales and Latvia, we are ideally seeking a partner from Latvia and one from another Programme Country.
In Wales, we have identified a problem with the number of young people opting to learn a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) post the compulsory stage. This means that approximately 25% of young people in Wales receive a formal qualification in a MFL at the age of 16 years, and 75% of young people don't study a MFL at all after the age of 14 years. This in turn is having a knock-on effect higher up the education system, with fewer candidates qualified to study MFL in Higher Education and of course, fewer graduates equipped with the skills required by international employers based in Wales.