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Capacity building in the field of Vocational education and training (VET)
Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions
Estimated EU contribution per project
EU grant per project: between € 100,000.00 and € 400,000.00
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Capacity building projects are international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of VET in Programme and third countries not associated to the Programme. They aim to support the relevance, accessibility, and responsiveness of VET institutions and systems in third countries not associated to the Programme as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development.
Through joint initiatives that foster cooperation across different regions of the world, this action intends to increase the capacity of VET providers - especially in the fields of management, governance, inclusion, quality assurance, and innovation – so that they are better equipped to engage with private sector/enterprises/business associations to explore employment opportunities and jointly develop responsive VET interventions. International partnerships should contribute to improving the quality of VET in the third countries not associated to the Programme, notably by reinforcing the capacities of VET staff and teachers as well as by strengthening the link between VET providers and the labour market.
It is envisaged that the capacity building projects VET contribute to the broader policy objectives that are being pursued between the European Commission and the third countries not associated to the Programme or region concerned, including Global Gateway investment packages.
Specifically, the action will:
- Build capacity of VET providers to strengthen cooperation between private and public stakeholders in the field of vocational education and training for demand-oriented and opportunity-driven VET interventions;
- Improve the quality and responsiveness of VET to economic and social developments to enhance the labour market relevance of skills provision;
- Align VET provision to local, regional and national development strategies.
Expected effects and impacts
Features that characterise capacity building in VET include some thematic areas presented below. Proposals should focus on one or more of the following themes:
- Work-based learning (for young people and/or adults);
- Quality assurance mechanisms;
- VET teachers/trainers professional development;
- Key competences, including entrepreneurship;
- Public Private Partnerships in VET;
- Innovation in VET;
- Green and digital skills for the twin transition;
- Skills matching with current and future job opportunities.
In addition, applicants can cover thematic areas that are not presented above. These must demonstrate that they are particularly appropriate to meet the objectives of the call and identified needs.
The granted projects should demonstrate their expected impact by achieving the following results:
- Tighter links between the third countries not associated to the Programme VET system and its labour market;
- Improved links between VET profiles and local/regional/national strategies and priorities;
- Improved capacities of VET providers especially in the fields of management, governance, inclusion, quality assurance, innovation and internationalisation;
- Increased exposure of staff, managers, policy makers and senior teachers to approaches bringing the labour market and VET closer;
- Improved knowledge, technical, managerial and pedagogical skills of VET teachers and trainers;
- Better input of teachers/trainers, VET learners and employers into curriculum, profile design and training reform;
- Improved level of competences, skills and employability potential of VET learners;
- Increased cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives;
- Development of competences of the participating organisations regarding environmental sustainability;
- Improved digital skills and competences of the target public through appropriate activities and initiatives;
- Increased social and intercultural competences in the VET field.
The activities proposed must be directly linked to the objectives and thematic areas of the action, i.e. they must correspond to one or more of the thematic areas listed above and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period.
In the context of this international worldwide action, project activities must focus on building and strengthening the capacities of organisations active in the field of VET principally in the third countries not associated to the Programme covered by the action.
Funded projects will be able to integrate a wide range of cooperation, exchange, communication and other activities including for example:
- Creating and developing networks and exchanges of good practice between VET providers in third countries not associated to the Programme and in EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme;
- Creating tools, programmes and other materials to build the capacity of institutions from third countries not associated to the Programme (practical training schemes training programmes and tools for assessing and validating learning outcomes in VET, individual action plans for participating institutions; professional guidance and counselling and coaching methods…);
- Creating mechanisms to involve the private sector both in the design and delivery of curricula and to provide VET learners with high quality work-based experience;
- Developing and transferring pedagogical approaches, teaching and training materials and methods, including work based learning, virtual mobility, open educational resources and better exploitation of the ICT potential;
- Developing and implementing international (virtual) exchange activities for staff primarily (including teachers and non-teaching staff such as school leaders, managers, counsellors, advisors, etc.).
In case learner and staff mobility activities are proposed, these should contribute directly to the objectives of the project and be strongly embedded in the project logic as a whole.
The proposed activities should bring an added value and will have a direct impact on the achievement of the project results.
Regions / countries for funding
Island (Ísland), Liechtenstein, North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Türkiye
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
Capacity building projects are transnational and must involve at least 4 organisations (coordinator and full partners) from minimum 3 countries:
- At least 1 organisation from 2 different EU Member States and at least 2 organisations from at least 1 eligible third country not associated to the Programme, or
- At least 1 organisation from 2 different third countries associated to the Programme and at least 2 organisations from at least 1 eligible third country not associated to the Programme, or
- At least 1 organisation from an EU Member State and 1 organisation from a third country associated to the Programme and at least 2 organisations from at least 1 eligible third country not associated to the Programme.
The consortium must include at least one VET provider at non-tertiary education level.
The number of organisations from EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme may not be higher than the number of organisations from eligible third countries not associated to the Programme.
Affiliated entities and associated partners are not counted in these above requirements.
Organisations from third countries not associated to the Programme cannot be coordinators. The coordinator applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.
other eligibility criteria
Each participating organisation must be active in the field of VET or in the labour market. It can be involved as full partner, affiliated entity or associated partner and must be established in an EU Member state or third country associated to the Programme (please see Part A of the Programm Guide), or in an eligible third country not associated to the Programme.
Eligible third countries not associated to the Programme for this action:
- All third countries not associated to the Programme in Regions 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 (please see Part A of the Programm Guide)
Exception: organisations from Belarus (Region 2) are not eligible to participate in this action.
Type of eligible organisations can be (non-exhaustive list):
- VET providers;
- Companies, industry or sector representative organisations;
- National/regional qualification authorities;
- Employment services;
- Research institutes;
- Innovation agencies;
- Regional development authorities etc.
Associated partners can participate to the extent it is demonstrated that their participation brings an essential added value to the project (e.g. implementation of specific project tasks/activities or support the dissemination and sustainability of the project). For contractual management issues, associated partners are not considered as part of the project partners and do not receive funding.
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)
12, 24 or 36 months
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Part A — contains administrative information about the participant and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded).
- Part C containing additional project data (to be filled in directly online).
Applications are limited to
- 40 pages for calls for low value grants (€ 60,000.00 or below);
- 120 pages for calls with high value grants (€ 4,000,000.00) and
- 70 pages for all other calls.
For actions managed by the Erasmus+ National Agencies, applications must be submitted electronically via the forms available in the Erasmus+ website and the websites of the Erasmus+ National Agencies.