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Sectors: Education - Training, Employment, Youth

Beneficiaries: Local and Regional authorities, Research centres, Schools, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Balkans, Candidate countries, Central Asia, European Economic Area, European Union, Gulf countries, Latin America, Mediterranean countries, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals


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* Countries participating in Erasmus + Programme: For more information, see page 13 of the guidelines


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Responsible: European Commission


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Erasmus + – Centres of Vocational Excellence – 2019
Funds for: supporting the establishment and development of transnational cooperation platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) to connect Centres operating in a given local context at European level

Priorities and funded actions:

* To establish “Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs);
*  To introduce a European dimension to VET excellence at two levels:
– National: in a given local context, embedding CoVEs closely in the local innovation and skills ecosystems, and connecting them at European level;
– Transnational: through platforms of CoVEs bringing together partners that share a common interest in developing Vocational Excellence approaches, through close cooperation and sustainable partnerships;
* To bring together CoVEs that share a common interest in specific sectors or trades or develop together innovative approaches to tackle societal, technological and economic challenges

* To create world-class reference points for vocational training; 
* To bring together a set of local/regional partners;
* To adopt a bottom-up approach to excellence where VET institutions are capable of rapidly adapting skills provision to evolving local needs;
* To adopt a systemic approach through which VET institutions actively contribute to co-create skills ecosystems, together with a wide range of other local/regional partners; 
* To adopt an inclusive approach; 
* To support the transition to a circular and greener economy to meet emerging professional needs for green skills and sustainable development; 
* To establish strong and enduring relationships at both local and transnational levels, between the VET community and businesses;
* To integrate activities, build reflexive relationships between the various activities and services; 
* To be firmly anchored into wider frameworks of regional development, innovation and/or smart specialization strategies

Among financed actions
* Lot 1: Teaching and learning
– Upskilling and reskilling;
– Guidance services, as well as validation of prior learning;
– Innovative curricula that focus both on technical skills and key competences;
– Innovative learner-centred teaching and learning methodologies;
– Transnational VET learning provision  
– Continuing professional development of teachers and trainers; 

* Lot 2: Cooperation and partnerships
– Creation and dissemination of new knowledge in partnership with other stakeholders; 
– Business-education partnerships for apprenticeships, internships, sharing of equipment, exchanges of staff and teachers between companies and VET centers; 
– Working together with local SME’s through innovation hubs, technology diffusion centers, and applied research14 projects; 
– Internationalization strategies to foster transnational mobility of VET learners, teachers and trainers, as well as leaders

* Lot 3: Governance and funding
– Effective governance at all levels involving relevant stakeholders;
– Sustainable financial models that combine public and private funding, as well as income-generating activities;
– Attracting foreign investment projects

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: 48 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal entities;
 – Be a partnership including at least eight full partners from a minimum of four Erasmus+ Programme countries (including at least two Member States of the European Union);
– Each country must involve at least one company, industry or sector representatives, and at least one vocational education and training provider (at secondary and/or tertiary level); 
– The project must include relevant deliverables linked to: at least 3 activities listed under Lot 1, at least 3 activities listed under Lot 2 and at least 2 activities listed under Lot 3

– Actions must take place in countries participating in the Erasmus + programme