CALLS - Calls for partners
Deadline of the call - 26/02/2020 17:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)
Location - EU Member States, EEA Countries, North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey
ector Skills Alliances are transnational projects identifying or drawing on existing and emerging skills needs in a specific economic sector and/or translating these needs into vocational curricula to respond to those needs.
The programme is intended for projects in Vocational Education and Training (VET). However, the scope of VET goes beyond the upper-secondary level and covers the post-secondary, non-tertiary level but also the tertiary level (e.g. Universities of applied sciences, Polytechnic institutes, etc.). Proposals that also include tertiary-level VET providers, can be submitted provided that the curricula and/or qualifications to be developed cover both tertiary (EQF levels 6 to 8) and upper secondary VET levels (EQF levels 3 to 5), i.e. not-exclusively tertiary level.
Sector Skills Alliances are required to apply EU wide instruments and tools such as the EQF, ECVET, EQAVET, as well as the Council Recommendation on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships119, whenever relevant.
A particular focus will be on digital skills as they are increasingly important on 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.
Projects can achieve these aims by applying to one or several of the following:
Lot 1: Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET: aims at responding to identified skills gaps and needs by developing common trans-national training content for European occupational core profiles as well as teaching and training methodologies, with a focus on work-based learning.
Projects can include skills anticipation aimed at identifying skills needs, gaps and training provisions in a given specific economic sector or provide evidence that the proposed design and delivery of VET is based on existing skills need identification.
Lot 2: Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills: The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills is one of the ten actions in the New Skills Agenda for Europe. Alliances under Lot 2 will support the implementation of the Blueprint 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 to support growth, innovation and competitiveness in the sector. The sectoral skills strategy must include a clear set of activities, milestones and well-defined outputs with the goal to match demand and supply of skills to support the overall sector specific growth strategy.
If interested, kindly fill in the e-form to submit your call for proposals. Due to the high number of expressions of interest, we inform you that we will not be able to respond to all the potential partners, although we will go through all the expressions of interest.