On 14 October 2017, a new Erasmus+ Call for proposals under Key Action 3 – support for national policy reform – has been published on "Joint Qualifications in VET" in the Official Journal of the EU (EACEA/27/2017).
Erasmus+ Call for proposals
The overall objectives of the call are, on the one hand, to increase the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce from which companies should also benefit and, on the other hand, to support joint developments in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness.
The specific objective of the call is to support the preparation or setting up of joint VET qualifications including at higher level or the improvement of such existing qualifications.
The partnership must be composed of partners from at least two different Erasmus+ programme countries (at least one of which must be a Member State of the European Union).
The 28 Member States of the European Union: AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FR, FI, HR, HU, IR, IT, LT, LU, LV, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, UK see specific eligibility criteria for applicants from the UK in the footnote of the call.
The non-EU programme countries are the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
Moreover, the partnership shall include at least three partners, including the two following organisations.
- a VET provider (at upper secondary, post-secondary non-tertiary or tertiary level)
- an enterprise (public or private) or a chamber of industry, trade and crafts or a sectoral/professional organisation
One of those partners will be the coordinating organisation, applying for the Erasmus+ grant on behalf of the consortium of partner organisations.
Other eligible participating organisations include: relevant qualification authorities or equivalent (at national, regional, or sectoral levels) - the involvement of such an organisation from each of the countries participating in the project will represent an asset in the evaluation of the quality of the project consortium and cooperation arrangements, public local, regional or national authorities, social partners (employers' and workers' organisations), research institutes, European umbrella organisations, sector skills councils, or equivalent, public employment services, youth organisations, parents' associations, other relevant bodies.
Activities must start between 1 September 2018 and 1 November 2018. The duration of the projects is 24 months.
Beneficiaries should undertake the two main following activities:
- Design or improve a joint qualification in VET, aimed at responding to concrete skill needs in the countries with mandatory partners, with a view to its recognition as qualification in each of these countries. The joint qualification should be composed of clearly identified units: defined through a detailed qualification profile, that is a comprehensive outline of the expected learning outcomes, complemented by the design of a joint curriculum, with a strong work-based learning component, and supporting cross-border, transnational and interregional learner mobility, complemented by assessment standards.
- Set up new sustainable cooperation structures to ensure transparency, comparability, appropriate quality assurance systems and mutual recognition of qualifications, whilst making existing engagement more systematic and targeted.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at a maximum of 6 million EUR. The maximum EU co-financing rate will be 80%. Each grant will amount between 200,000 EUR and 500 000 EUR. It is expected to fund around 20 proposals.
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