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Sectors: Education - Training, Employment, Research

Beneficiaries: Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Local and Regional authorities, Media and cultural organisations

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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Erasmus + – Key action 2 – Sector skills alliances – 2020
Funds for: contributing to improve the quality and relevance of European vocational education and training systems

Priorities and funded actions:

* Development of strategic approaches to the development of sectoral skills through partnerships for sustainable cooperation between key actors in the sector and public authorities;
* Identification of existing and emerging skills needs for professions in specific sectors and the integration of this information into the European skills landscape;
* Intensification of exchanges of knowledge and practices between education and training institutions and the labour market, in particular with regard to sectoral actors;
* Promotion of relevant sectoral qualifications and support for agreements for their recognition;
* To strengthen mutual trust, facilitate transnational certification and thus professional mobility in a sector, and strengthen the recognition of qualifications at European level in a sector;
* Adaptation of VET provision to qualification needs, focusing on both specific professional qualifications and key competences;
* Integration of workplace learning into VET provision, where appropriate combined with international experience and the use of its potential to stimulate economic development and innovation and strengthen the competitiveness of the sectors concerned;
* Planning the progressive implementation of project deliverables with systemic impact in the form of a constant adaptation of VET provision to skills needs, based on sustainable partnerships between providers and key labour market actors at the appropriate level (“feedback mechanisms”). This planning should identify and involve key national and/or regional stakeholders, while ensuring wide dissemination of results

* Digital skills;
* Green skills and sustainable development

Among financed actions

* Lot 1: Sectoral alliances for skills for the design and implementation of the VET offer
– Develop transnational sectoral vocational education programmes:
> Collect and interpret available data on labour market skills needs in a given economic sector, drawing on the overview of EU competences and, where relevant, the work of sectoral alliances for existing competences;
> Identify training provision needs, based, if possible, on the professional profiles of the European Classification of Skills/Skills, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO);

– Provision of vocational education programmes:
> Identify methods of providing the most appropriate programmes, using innovative teaching and learning approaches, as well as strategic and integrated use of ICTs (e.g. blended learning, simulators, augmented reality, etc.), virtual/mixed mobility solutions for learners and staff, and open educational resources (e.g. MOOC123);
> Identify ways to implement innovative teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of specific target groups of learners and through workplace learning,

* Lot 2: Sectoral alliances for competences responsible for the implementation of a new strategic approach (plan) to sectoral cooperation on competences
– Development of a sectoral skills strategy to contribute to the objectives of the existing growth strategy for the sector :
> Distinguishing concrete measures;
> Indicating a clear set of well-defined activities, milestones and achievements, in order to suggest how to match the demand for and supply of skills;
> Specify how key trends, such as global, societal and technological developments in the sector, are likely to influence employment and skills needs;
> Describing the expected timetable and pay particular attention to the impact of digital technologies and key enabling technologies;
– Designing long term action plan for the progressive roll-out of project deliverables after the project has finished

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

* Initial duration of the action: From 2 to 3 years for Lot 1, and 4 years for Lot 2

* Eligibility:
– Be: a public or private VET service provider; an organisation at European or national level representing industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as sectoral organisations; education and/or training authorities at regional or national level, and ministries; chambers of commerce, industry, craft or labour and other intermediary bodies;

– For Lot 1:
> Cover at least 4 participating countries in the programme and include at least 8 full partners;
– For Lot 2 :
> Cover at least eight countries participating in the programme and include at least 12 full partners, at least five of whom are representatives of business, industry or industry (e. g. chambers, trade unions or trade associations), and at least five are education and training service providers

– The action must take place in eligible countries