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    Activities focussing on agricultural products, organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products; furthermore the development of the food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products and any topics related to animals and fishing.

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    Soil and air quality: Projects that deal with any topic against soil and air pollution, except water pollution, for example, reduction of soil and air contamination, pollution-management systems, but also prevention and eradication of soil erosion, new ways of improving air quality (also indoors) and soil/air knowledge in general.

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Call key data

Policy Experimentation - Vocational Education and Training

Funding Program

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

Call number

ERASMUS-EDU-2024-POL-EXP-VET

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 VET sector. These projects support the implementation of the principles and objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, the European Skills Agenda, the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, and the Osnabrück Declaration on vocational education and training as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies.

Call objectives

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

  • Priority 4: Women in GreenTech
  • Priority 5: Support structures and networks for apprentices’ mobility

Expected effects and impacts

Priority 4: Women in GreenTech

Projects should develop ways to attract women to the net-zero Technology sector and overcome the obstacles women face that prevent them from pursuing a career in this field, thereby increasing the participation of women in the sector.

Priority 5: Support structures and networks for apprentices’ mobility

In terms of impact, projects should foster a strategic approach towards mobility of apprentices and implementing the appropriate measures to overcome the obstacles hindering such learning mobility abroad, within or outside of the Erasmus+ programme. They should also contribute to the 8% mobility target set in the Council recommendation on Vocational Education and Training (VET), building on its objectives and principles, as well as promoting effective forms of cooperation of stakeholders at all levels, including the involvement of employers, in particular SMEs.

Expected results

Priority 4: Women in GreenTech

The projects under this priority should implement at least 4 of the activities mentioned below (additional activities may be added, non-exhaustive list) and should cover at least one of ISCED/EQF levels 3 or 4:

  • Campaigns run together by VET providers and the green/clean technology sector in coordination with schools and/or public employment services to attract more female applicants to relevant VET programmes;
  • Involve female role models from the local, regional or national community to showcase successful professional and personal experiences in STEM fields to raise awareness and encourage females both youngsters and those in later stages of life to choose relevant VET programmes;
  • Develop mentoring programmes by women in the sector for girls in the final stage of their VET programme or when entering the sector;
  • Provide specific training to career guidance officers, teachers and trainers, both in schools, training centres and public employment services, to raise their awareness about green/clean technology career opportunities and female potential;
  • Provide targeted career guidance, upskilling and reskilling opportunities with an awareness-raising component about women’s perspectives in clean technology jobs both targeting young girls in schools and VET providers and adult women in periods of career re-orientation;
  • Identify successful methods, good practices, to attract girls and women in green/clean technology VET programmes, including through research as relevant.

Projects should carry out above activities in cooperation with local, regional and/or national public authorities. Young women at time of choosing learning pathways and/or adult women in periods of career re-orientation should be the project main target groups. Activities would aim to develop, for example, a blueprint of inspiring practices in the VET sector aimed at attracting girls and women to green/clean technology career pathways.

Priority 5: Support structures and networks for apprentices’ mobility

The projects under this priority should implement at least 5 of the activities mentioned below (additional activities may be added, non-exhaustive list):

  • Support national, regional and /or local authorities, and/or Erasmus+ accredited consortium coordinators, chambers, social partners, sectoral organisations etc. to set up support structures, networks, reference points or mobility coordinators to facilitate all stages of mobility of apprentices (for finding partners, preparation before the mobility, support and mentoring during and after mobility including to ensure recognition of learning outcomes from the mobility experience and post-mobility reintegration phase) for learners, sending and receiving organisations with a focus on small companies;
  • Involve social partners to support employers, identify sectoral needs and specificities, and develop broad-scale, sector-specific measures to enable the mobility of apprentices;
  • Find solutions to the barriers and obstacles (legal framework, structure of curricula, social insurance coverage, recognition of learning outcomes, etc.), and design and implement concrete measures to overcome them;
  • Support partnerships between organisations (including companies) to implement stable and regular mobility schemes as part of curricula
  • Collect additional data, research on the key success factors for, and long-term benefits of, mobility of apprentices for all parties involved, with special focus on long duration mobility, and raise awareness of them, through communication campaigns;
  • Build capacity for organisations and businesses to undertake apprentices’ mobility and take advantage of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, with its objective of promoting the mobility of apprentices;
  • Build up and strengthen apprentices networks, on the basis of the already existing initiatives all over Europe;
  • Support companies and in-company trainers in receiving apprentices, including for learning mobility of apprentices between companies from the same sector;
  • Foster bottom-up initiatives aiming at supporting integration (cultural, linguistic) of apprentices during the mobility experience in the host country;
  • Design and implement in the framework of the project new bilateral or multilateral mobility opportunities for apprentices with partners in the project, for example by creating sectoral networks for rotation schemes, as possible

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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;
  • 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, 
Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion

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.

Contact

European Education and Culture Executive Agency
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Erasmus+ National Agencies
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