Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances 2019

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

Sector Skills Alliances are transnational projects aimed at the following objectives: (1) developing strategic approaches to sectorial skills developments through partnerships for sustainable cooperation between key stakeholders in the sector and public authorities; (2) developing transnational level platforms and partnerships, based on innovative cooperation methods, as a first step towards the establishment of “Platforms of vocational excellence” acting as drivers of quality vocational skills in a context of European as well as national, regional/local sector strategies; (3) identification of existing and emerging skills needs for professions in specific sectors, also feeding this intelligence into the European Skills Panorama; (4) strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practice between education and training institutions and the labour market, with particular reference to sectorial actors; (5) promoting relevant sectorial qualifications and support agreement for their recognition; (6) building mutual trust, facilitating cross-border certification and therefore easing professional mobility in a sector, and increasing recognition of qualifications at European level within a sector; (7) adapting VET provision to skills needs, focusing both on job specific skills as well as on key competences; (8) integrating work-based learning in VET provision, whenever possible coupled with an international experience, and exploiting its potential to drive economic development and innovation, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned; and (9) planning the progressive roll-out of project deliverables leading to systemic impact in the form of constant adaptation of VET provision to skill needs, based on sustained partnerships between providers and key labour market stakeholders at the appropriate level (“feedback loops”). This planning should identify and involve key national and/or regional stakeholders, while also ensuring the wide dissemination of results.

2) Eligibility

Any eligible participating organisation established in an Erasmus+ Programme Country can be the applicant.

3) Location

Actions can take place in Member States of the European Union, EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and EU candidate countries: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

4) Budget

There are 3 Lots: (1) Lot 1 – Sector Skills Alliances for the development of sectoral approaches through “Platforms of vocational excellence”: Indicative total budget is €4,000,000 and Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (2 years): €1,000,000; (2) Lot 2 – Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET: Indicative total budget is €3,500,000. Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (2 years): €700,000 and Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (3 years): €1,000,000; and (3) Lot 3 – Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills: Indicative total budget is €24,000,000 and Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (4 years): €4,000,000.

5) Application

Applicants need to register in the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC) if you do not already have one.  Submit your application online before 28 February 2019 at 12:00 (midday Brussels time).