Call: Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (implementing the ‘Blueprint’)
|Acronym||Erasmus+ - KA2|
|Description of programme |
"Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions"
This Key Action supports:
For the participating organisations, projects supported under this Key Action are intended to produce the following outcomes:
Projects funded under this Key Action are also likely to have a positive impact on the persons directly or indirectly involved in the activities, such as:
At systemic level, they are expected to trigger modernisation and reinforce the response
of education and training systems and youth policies to the main challenges of today's world: environmental sustainability,
digital transformation, employment, economic stability and growth, but also the need to promote social, civic and intercultural
competences, intercultural dialogue, democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion, mental health and well-being,
non-discrimination and active citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy.
|Link||Link to Programme|
Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (implementing the ‘Blueprint’)
|Description of call |
"Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (implementing the ‘Blueprint’)"
Alliances for Innovation aim to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity by boosting innovation through cooperation and flow of knowledge among higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), and the broader socio-economic environment, including research.
They also aim to boost the provision of new skills and address skills mismatches by designing and creating new curricula for higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET), supporting the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets in the EU.
Objectives of the action
These partnerships shall implement a coherent and comprehensive set of sectoral or cross-sectoral activities, which should be adaptable to future knowledge developments across the EU.
To boost innovation, the focus will be on digital skills as they are increasingly important in all job profiles across the entire labour market. Also, the transition to a circular and greener economy needs to be underpinned by changes to qualifications and national education and training curricula to meet emerging professional needs for green skills and sustainable development.
Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience: https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1223) aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions – both in the short and the medium term – in given economic sectors, or in areas implementing a major action of the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, the Pact for Skills. The main objective of the Pact is to mobilise and incentivize all relevant stakeholders to take concrete actions for the upskilling and reskilling of the workforce, by pooling efforts and setting up partnerships, also at EU level addressing the needs of the labour market, supporting green and digital transitions as well as national, regional and local skills and growth strategies. Therefore, the deliverables of Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, i.e. sectoral skills intelligence, skills strategies, occupational profiles, training programmes, and long-term planning, will be an important contribution to the work of the sectoral partnerships that have joined the Pact for Skills.
Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills seek to tackle skills gaps on the labour market that hamper growth, innovation and competitiveness in specific sectors or areas, aiming both at short term interventions and long term strategies. These Alliances will be implemented in the 14 industrial ecosystems identified in the New Industrial Strategy for Europe (COM/2020/102 final: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52020DC0102).
The Pact for Skills builds on and absorbs the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. Therefore, Alliances under Lot 2 will support the implementation of the Pact by developing a sectoral skills strategy. This strategy has to lead to systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps and mismatches, as well as ensuring appropriate quality and levels of skills. The sectoral skills strategy must include a clear set of activities, milestones and well-defined objectives with the goal to match demand and supply of skills to support the overall sector-specific growth strategy. The Alliances aim to build the base for the Pact for Skills and define the pathway that should be continued after the project is finalised.
Drawing on evidence regarding skills needs with regard to occupational profiles, Blueprint Alliances support the design and delivery of transnational education & training content, as well as teaching and training methodologies, for quick take-up at regional and local level and for new occupations that are emerging.
Proposals should include the design of continuing vocational training programmes to address urgent skills needs of people in working age. Proposals should also include developments of emerging occupational profiles, related qualifications, which should cover upper and post-secondary VET levels (EQF levels 3 to 5) and tertiary levels (EQF levels 6 to 8). Furthermore, proposals should include the design of related core curricula and education and training programmes leading to those qualifications.
Each project must include among its partners both vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) organisations and labour market actors. Ideally they also involve policy bodies, certifying bodies as well as European sectoral associations and representatives of industry.
|Link||Link to Call|
|Thematic Focus||Children & Youth, Education & Training, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Demographic Change, Migration, Employment & Labour Market, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation|
|Funding area|| EU Member States |
Iceland / Ísland
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
|Origin of Applicant|| EU Member States |
Iceland / Ísland
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
|Eligible applicants||NGO / NPO, Public Services, Association, Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, International Organization, Other, University, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority|
|Applicant details||Any full partner legally established in a Programme Country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.|
|Project Partner Details||Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (Blueprint) must cover at least 8 Programme countries and involve at least 12 full partners. The partnership must include at least 5 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 5 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs) as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal.|
|Project duration min||48 months|
|Project duration max||48 months|
|Type of Funding||Grants|
|Financial details|| |
4 million Euros (4 years project) - only one proposal per industrial ecosystem can be selected for funding.
At equal quality, a proposal covering an ecosystem that is not at all covered by an ongoing Blueprint Alliance will be assessed as more relevant.
|Submission|| Online application at the Funding
& Tender Opportunities Portal of the European Commission |
|Contact Details|| |
European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) - https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/index_en
Since 2006, the European Education and Culture Executive Agency has been a catalyst for projects in education, training, youth, sport, audiovisual, culture, citizenship and humanitarian aid. On behalf of the European Commission, EACEA strives to foster innovation in these areas, always in a spirit of cross-border cooperation and mutual respect.
EACEA are project managers, facilitators of knowledge exchange, and supporters of European projects that connect people and cultures.
To bring Erasmus+ as close as possible to the participants and make sure it works well across different countries, the EU works with National Agencies to manage the programme.
The National Agencies are based in Programme Countries and their role involves
National Erasmus+ Offices
National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs) assist the European Commission and local authorities in the implementation of Erasmus+ in certain Partner Countries.
These countries are located in the Western Balkans, the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean and Central Asia. Russia also has a National Office.
Providing information on Erasmus+, monitoring and evaluating funded projects, assisting applicants and participants, supporting policy dialogue and maintaining contact with local authorities and EU Delegations are among the responsibilities of the NEOs.The list of National Erasmus+ Offices is available on the website of the Education, Culture, and Audiovisual Executive Agency.