Strategic Partnerships for VET

Organisations involved in vocational education and training can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving VET provision..

What activities are possible?

Strategic Partnerships in vocational education and training (VET) can last for 2 or 3 years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships in the VET field must focus on activities designed to improve VET provision across the participating countries. Activities could include:Strategic Partnerships for VET

  • Developing, testing and implementing innovative approaches and practices for VET trainees, staff and organisations
  • Recognition of skills and competences
  • Credit transfer (ECVET) and quality assurance (EQAVET)
  • Training, teaching and learning activities such as blended mobility of trainees, joint staff training events and teaching and training assignments.

How many partners are needed?

Strategic Partnerships in VET must include 3 partners from 3 different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euro in funding per year.

Who can apply?

Any Organisation involved in vocational education and training can participate in a Strategic Partnership for VET, either as the lead or as a partner. One organisation must lead the project and make the application for funding. Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.

 

Eligible Participating Organisations

 

A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country of the world (see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of this Guide).  

For example, such organisation can be:

  •  a higher education institution;
  •  a school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education74, and including vocational education and adult education);
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO;
  • a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
  • a public body at local, regional or national level;
  • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, industry, craft/professional associations and trade unions;
  • a research institute;
  • a foundation;
  • an inter-company training centre;
  • enterprises providing shared training (collaborative training);
  • a cultural organisation, library, museum;
  • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services;
  • a body validating knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
  • a European Youth NGO;
  • a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. informal group of young people).

 

Higher education institutions (HEIs) established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries, but they will have to sign up to its principles  

 

When to Apply?

 

 Partnerships in the fields of Higher Education, VET, School and Adult education: 

applicants have to submit their grant application by: 

  • 31 March at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year. 

 

Partnerships in the youth field:

applicants have to submit their grant application by:

  • 4 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 June and 30 September of the same year;
  • 30 April at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 September and 31 December of the same year;
  • 1 October at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1 January and 31 May of the following year.

 

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