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.
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
In 2020, there were two application deadlines for Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training funding (KA202 and KA226) which have now passed.
Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.