Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Read more about ERASMUS+ here.
This call supports the gradual establishment and development of European platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, contributing to regional development, innovation, and smart specialisation strategies as well as to international collaborative platforms.
The initiative on Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) defines a bottom-up approach to excellence where institutions for vocational education and training (VET) are capable of rapidly adapting skills provision to evolving economic and social needs. It aims to foster transnational collaborative platforms, which would be difficult for isolated member states to establish in the absence of EU incentives, technical support, and mutual learning opportunities.
Centres of Vocational Excellence will operate at two levels:
Features that characterise transnational cooperation platforms include a set of various activities grouped under the three clusters mentioned below:
The project must include relevant deliverables linked to:
Any public or private organisation active in the field of vocational education and training, or in the world of work and legally established in a Programme country or in any Partner Country can be involved as full partner, affiliated entity or associated partner. See section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide
For example, such organisations can be:
CoVEs are intended for organisations providing vocational education and training, at any EQF level from 3 to 8, including the upper-secondary level, the post-secondary non-tertiary level as well as the tertiary level (e.g. Universities of applied sciences, Polytechnic institutes, etc.). However, applications cannot include only activities that target learners at tertiary level; applications that focus on VET at tertiary level (EQF levels 6 to 8) must include at least one other VET qualification level between EQF levels 3 to 5, as well as a strong work-based learning component.
The partnership must include at least 8 full partners from a minimum of 4 Erasmus+ Programme countries (including at least 2 EU Member States) involving:
a) at least 1 enterprise, industry or sector representative organisation, and
b) at least 1 vocational education and training provider (at secondary and/or tertiary level).
Further composition of the partnership should reflect the specific nature of the proposal.
The maximum EU grant per project is 4 million euros.