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Erasmus+ – Partnerships for Innovation – Looking-Forward projects – Vocational Education and Training (VET) – 2022

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

46 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries Media & cultural organisation
Regions Worldwide

Associated countries and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible to the grant.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To identify, test, develop or assess tools or structures focused on brokering and building cooperation between large companies and micro, small and medium companies (SMEs) along a value chain in the same industrial ecosystem with the involvement of other players relevant for up and reskilling
  • To upskill and reskill people at working age in a particular value chain or industrial ecosystem
  • To lay the ground for large-scale skills partnerships in industrial ecosystems


Priority 1: Supporting the Pact for Skills

Priority 2: Structures and mechanisms for Applied research in VET

  • Working together with local SME’s through innovation hubs, technology diffusion centres, prototyping and applied research projects, with the involvement of VET learners and staff
  • Contributing to creation and dissemination of new knowledge in partnership with other stakeholders, e.g. through open innovation, joint research and development (R&D) with universities, companies, and other research institutes, etc.

Priority 3: Green skills in the VET sector

  • Promoting initiatives to support cooperation and knowledge-sharing between VET institutions and providers on learning methods, curricula, guidelines, work-based learning, and quality assurance of education and training offer on green skills, by using European programmes like Erasmus+
  • Defining labour-market-relevant skills for the green transition that are to be incorporated in curricula and VET provision, including basic skills across all sectors and occupations and sector specific skills in cooperation with the social partners

Among financed actions

  • Identify, assess, test, and develop structures and mechanisms for applied research in VET, to broaden its engagement in R&D and innovation systems
  • Build the capacity of VET systems with the close involvement of teachers and trainers, as well as VET learners, to undertake applied research and manage innovation projects together with other organisations, and in particular SMEs

Under priority 3, projects should adress the following areas:

  • Set of core green skills for the labour market
    • Develop a set of core green skills for the labour market across different economic sectors to guide training with a view to creating a generation of climate, environment and health conscious professionals and green economic operators
  • Integrating this set into VET
    • Projects will help integrate this set of core green skills into VET curricula
    • Projects will also help integrate this set into the training of teachers, trainers and other staff undertaking initial and continuing professional development

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 24 months


  • The applicant must be established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme
  • The partnerships should be composed of a mix of public and private organisations combining researchers, practitioners and partners with the capacity to reach policy-makers
  • The partnership must include at least 3 full partners from a minimum of 3 EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (including at least 2 EU Member States)
  • For at least three of the participating countries, the partnerships must include both employers (or their representatives), as well as education and training organisations (or their representatives)
  • Amount of the grant: 700,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 80% of the total eligible costs

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