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Call key data

Policy Experimentation - Adult Education

Funding Program

Erasmus+ - Key Action 3 – Support to Policy Development and Cooperation

Call number

ERASMUS-EDU-2024-POL-EXP-ADULT

deadlines

Opening
05.12.2023

Deadline
04.06.2024 17:00

Funding rate

80%

Call budget

€ 10,000,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

max. € 1,000,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

Projects under this topic address the adult learning sector. These projects support the implementation of the principles and objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the European Skills Agenda and in particular the Council Recommendation on individual learning accounts, the initiative on the Pact for Skills and the Council Resolution on a new European agenda for adult learning 2021-2030.

Call objectives

Proposals submitted under this topic must address one of the following priorities:

Priority 6: Joining forces to reskill workers

Rapidly changing skills requirements as a result of the digital and green transitions require more support for adults to update their skills throughout their life. Furthermore, demographic ageing makes it essential for adults to continue skills developments to avoid skills shortages. All this requires more upskilling and reskilling of workers, therefore more participation in adult learning, including non-formal adult learning in non-traditional settings.

Projects under this priority will identify and test methods and mechanisms to bring together public and private players to help employed and unemployed workers reskill for new tasks or into new jobs at scale, including in particular initiatives for reskilling workers from declining sectors into the green and digital economy.

Priority 7: Supporting the Pact for Skill

The Pact for Skills is the first flagship action of the 2020 European Skills Agenda. The Pact is firmly anchored in the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and supports the goals of the Green Deal and the digital transformation, as set out in the Commission communication “A strong Social Europe for Just Transitions”. It also contributes to reaching the EU target of 60% of adults participating in training every year by 2030, as set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan.

The Pact for Skills is an engagement model for addressing skills challenges and deliver on the EU Industrial Strategy, and the green and digital transitions. It aims to further address skills gaps throughout industrial eco-systems by mobilising companies, workers, national, regional and local authorities, social partners, industry organisations, education and training providers, chambers of commerce and employment services to invest in upskilling and reskilling actions.

This priority aims at supporting existing regional partnerships (partnerships at the level of one region within a country or involving more than one region, within one or more countries) under the Pact for Skills to organise and implement action to deliver on their concrete commitments to invest in training for people of working age.

Projects under this priority should therefore include only registered members of regional partnerships under the Pact for Skills, including regional and/or local authorities.

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Expected effects and impacts

Priority 6: Joining forces to reskill workers

  • Higher participation rate of adults in lifelong learning, contributing to the target agreed by Member States, that at least 60 % of all adults should be participating in training every year by 2030;
  • Blueprints on ways to improve training of adults, especially in-transition-workers, unemployed or inactive people, through approaches that have the potential of becoming mainstreamed;
  • Blueprints of “reskilling labs” where the public and the private sector jointly design content for skills development for in-demand occupations of the green and digital economy;
  • Models for enhanced career guidance, counselling and mentoring for the up- and reskilling of adults, especially from declining sectors to the green and digital economy;
  • Improved reflections on the specific up- and reskilling needs of SMEs and micro-enterprises;
  • Availability of tried and tested platforms that can be upscaled into national platforms, to link training needs of companies, individuals with relevant provision.

Projects should result in effective structural collaboration frameworks where all actors involved share the responsibility for adult skills development.

Priority 7: Supporting the Pact for Skill

Projects should result in effective structural cooperation frameworks between regional skills partnerships under the Pact for Skills.

Projects should help regional partnerships to consolidate arrangements that enable the implementation at regional level of up- and reskilling actions for the working-age population with a focus on the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including education and training providers and SMEs.

The concrete commitments by the regional skills partnerships under the Pact should implement skilling actions to be supported either by EU funding or else through national and regional support. These actions should generate a strong and lasting impact on the availability of up- and reskilling opportunities to the working age population.

Projects are expected to make visible impact at regional level to help stakeholders better meet the skills needs of their economy, consistently with their regional smart specialisation strategies and taking into account developments of skills partnerships of relevant Industrial Ecosystems at European level.

Through the wide dissemination of project outcomes, solutions for governance structures and arrangements should serve as inspiration for other regional partnerships that can replicate these solutions to involve all relevant stakeholders, including education and training providers and in particular SMEs in the joint implementation of skilling actions.

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Expected results

Priority 6: Joining forces to reskill workers

Partnerships should focus on developing ways to increase participation of adults, especially the up- and reskilling of in-transition-workers, unemployed or inactive people, from sectors in decline to sectors that are growing and in need of more workers with skills for the green and digital economy. The output would be to develop standardised practices of partnership models for the cooperation of companies, together with public players, to improve up- and reskilling from declining sectors into the green and digital economy. Specific attention should be paid to the needs of lower skilled and vulnerable individuals, as well as those who are the most reluctant to engage with training activities in adult age.

Main activities under this priority could involve (non-exhaustive list):

  • Development and testing of training materials, innovative training methods and the establishment of “reskilling labs”, where the public and the private sector jointly design content for skills development, especially in growing sectors where shortages exist. These should include concrete targets to reskill and place workers from declining sectors, unemployed or inactive people into in-demand jobs from the green and digital economy;
  • Mobilising employers to proactively reskill their employees and running outreach campaigns by companies, training providers, public and private organisations, to mobilise and include more in-transition-workers, unemployed or inactive people from sectors in decline to sectors that are growing and are in need of more workers with matching skills, through up- and reskilling;
  • Development of adequate skills assessment tools to identify the potential of workers from declining sectors, unemployed and inactive people and empower them to train based on their individual needs;
  • In-company training activities to apply training materials and methods developed by the “reskilling labs”. These should, include workers from small- and medium-sized enterprises or micro-enterprises;
  • Development of digital platforms that link potential participants to relevant training. The platform should be based on skills intelligence on training needs, by using relevant data and reflecting on expected trends and include guidance and counselling for employers and employees alike. These platforms should be designed and tested with the idea to be extended to larger, national level platforms. Testing should focus mainly on the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises, micro-enterprises and other companies without the capabilities to put in place proactive reskilling programmes;
  • Increase the supply of short programmes with high employability outcomes, wherever possible leading to quality assured micro-credentials;
  • Putting in place career guidance and counselling designed for the objectives of this action, with special focus on the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises. This could also include specific training for career guidance and counselling officers in guidance services as well as in enterprises, training centres, public employment services, to raise their awareness about career opportunities in the green and digital economy;
  • During the training activities, mentoring programmes should be put in place for the participants;
  • Activities should be analysed on efficiency and impact, to allow later upscaling.

Priority 7: Supporting the Pact for Skill

Projects should implement all the activities listed below:

  • Develop and support governance structures or arrangements connecting members within the same regional partnership, including regional and/or local authorities.
  • Support the definition, implementation, and monitoring of concrete commitments of a regional partnership, such as:
    • o gathering skills intelligence,
    • o upskilling of low-skilled people,
    • o reskilling people for new tasks in their jobs or reskilling of people from certain sectors with skills transferable to other sectors.
  • Develop and support cooperation in the above fields of activity between regional and/or local authorities and other stakeholders that are members of the same regional partnership.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye

eligible entities

Education and training institution, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership

Yes

Project Partnership

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities), from a minimum of 3 EU Member States or third countries associated to the Programme.

Affiliated entities and associated partners do not count towards the minimum eligibility criteria for the consortium composition, and can not be coordinator.

Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme can be involved as associated partners (not as beneficiaries and affiliated entities).

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies) active in the fields of education and training, research and innovation or in the world of work;
  • Under topic 3 ‘Adult Education’ – Priority 7 ‘Supporting the Pact for Skills’, in order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be registered partners of existing Pact for Skills regional partnerships;
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: Erasmus+ Programme Countries:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries: − listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme (list of participating countries)
  • for higher education institutions (HEIs) established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries (see above): be holders of the ECHE certificate (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education).

other eligibility criteria

  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self- employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
  • International organisations are NOT eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
  • Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
  • Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that  if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
  • Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see list above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).
  • UK applicants — The participation in the Programme has been requested by the United Kingdom. If there is an agreement on this participation, UK entities will be eligible to participate in this call (in accordance with the conditions of the agreement).

Additional information

Topics

Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship, 
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT, 
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media, 
Health, Social Services, Sports

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

between 24 and 36 months

Additional Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System ( NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).

Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online);
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded));
  • Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re- uploaded):
    • Detailed budget table/calculator

Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).

The grant will be a lump-sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs.

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Erasmus+ National Agencies
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European Education and Culture Executive Agency
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