Apply for vocational education and training partnership funding

UK organisations involved in vocational education and training (VET) can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving VET provision.

This part of Key Action 2 is managed in the UK by Ecorys UK as part of the UK National Agency.

     How to apply     

Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (Key Action 202)

Strategic Partnerships in VET can last between 12 and 36 months and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. Strategic Partnerships in the VET field allow you to focus on activities designed to improve VET provision across the participating countries.

Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (Key Action 226)

Additional Erasmus+ funding is available for organisations to apply for the new call that focuses on Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness. These projects aim to equip education and training systems to face the challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning. 

Examples of activities for ‘Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness’ include:

  • activities to deploy digital tools and methods to deliver quality and inclusive education through virtual means, including blended teaching, training and learning; 
  • activities to support learners, teachers and trainers in adapting to online/distance learning; and
  • activities to understand how best to incorporate digital online technology into subject-specific teaching, training and learning, including work-based learning.

How many partners are needed?

Strategic Partnerships in VET must include a minimum of three partners from three different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Strategic Partnership if their participation brings an essential added value to the project. There is no maximum number of partners but the budget for management costs is capped and equivalent to ten partners. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euro in funding per year.

Who can apply?

Any UK organisation involved in VET can participate in a Strategic Partnership for VET, either as the lead or as a partner. One organisation must lead the project and make the application for funding. UK organisations leading a project must apply to the UK National Agency on behalf of the partnership.

How to apply

There is an additional Key Action 2 deadline on 29 October, 11am (UK time) for specific priorities only (referred to as Key Action 226). Further details can be found in our news item. The Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness in the field of Vocational Education and Training (KA226) application webform is now available along with the guide for applicants (775 KB) and an overview webinar.

The KA202 guide for applicants (777 KB) from the April deadline is available for reference purposes only.

Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.

Who should I contact?

The Ecorys UK helpline is now closed, please send any queries via email. We are currently receiving a high number of emails but a member of the National Agency team will respond to each one as soon as possible.