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Sectors: Education - Training, Employment, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

Consult pages 24-25 of Erasmus programme guide to check the eligibility of your country.


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to enhance the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles.

Priorities and funded actions:

For sector skills alliances:


– To modernise VET and exploiting its potential to drive economic development and innovation, notably at local and regional levels, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned
– To strengthen the exchange of knowledge and practice between vocational education and training institutions and the labour market integrating work-based learning
–  To facilitate labour mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sectors concerned

– Defining skills and training provision needs in a given specific economic sector
– Designing joint curricula
– Delivering joint curricula

Among financed actions
– Gathering and interpreting evidence of skills needs on the labour market in a given economic sector, drawing on the EU Skills Panorama
– Identifying needs in terms of training provision
– Designing EU sector-specific curricula, VET programmes and possibly qualification standards related to common skills needs common in the sector and/or to a European occupational profile, drawing, where available, on ESCO
– Integrating skills or occupational profiles into curriculum design, VET programmes and possibly qualification standards
– Integrating innovative approaches to teaching and learning, notably through more strategic and
integrated use of ICTs and open educational resources
– Delivering EU sector-specific curricula that have been adapted or newly created following the
analysis and forecasts of labour market needs for a given occupational profile
– Implementing innovative VET teaching and learning methods to respond to evolving skills and/or specific target public within a given economic sector
– Facilitating recognition and certification of the respective learning outcomes by implementing  principles, the quality assurance framework in VET and possibly referencing respective qualifications to EU frameworks

For knowledge alliances:

– To develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning
– To stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching
staff and enterprise staff
– To facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge

– Boosting innovation in higher education, business and in the broader socio-economic environment
– Developing entrepreneurship mind-set and skills
– Stimulating the flow and exchange of knowledge between higher education and enterprises

Among financed actions
– Jointly developing and implementing new learning and teaching methods
– Organising continuing educational programmes and activities with and within companies
– Jointly developing solutions for challenging issues, product and process innovation
– Creating schemes of transversal skills learning and application throughout higher education programmes developed in cooperation with enterprises aiming at strengthening employability, creativity and new professional paths
– Introducing entrepreneurship education in any discipline to provide students, researchers, staff and educators with the knowledge, skills and motivation to engage in entrepreneurial activities in a variety of settings
– Opening up new learning opportunities through the practical application of entrepreneurial skills, which can involve and/or lead to the commercialisation of new services, products and prototypes, to the creation of start-ups and spin-offs
– Study field related activities in enterprises which are fully embedded in the curriculum, recognised and credited
– Exchanges of students, researchers, teaching staff and company staff for a limited period
– Involvement of company staff teaching and research