Vocational education and training funding

There are a number of different funding streams available under Erasmus+ for which UK organisations involved in vocational education and training (VET) can apply.

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Decentralised activities

Centralised activities

Ready to apply?

There are various requirements you should carry out before you apply. You must have registered on the EU Login (formerly called ECAS) and obtained your organisation's unique Participant Identification Code (PIC) which is essential for your application. You can read more about EU Login in the European Commission's manual (3.13 MB).

Decentralised activities

Decentralised activities are run by the UK National Agency – this means you apply to us for funding. You can find out more about the UK National Agency and how Erasmus+ works on the How is Erasmus+ run? page.

Mobility for VET learners and staff (Key Action 1)

Under Key Action 1 organisations involved in VET can apply for funding to offer apprentices and students the chance to experience a vocational training placement in another country. Learners can spend time in a work place to gain real life experience or at a VET school where they will also spend time in industry. Staff can also benefit from funding opportunities to support their professional development or by job shadowing. Find out more about applying for learners and staff mobility funding.

Partnership funding  (Key Action 2)

UK organisations involved in VET can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving VET provision. It enables institutions to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices. Find out more about applying for partnership funding.

Partnerships in more than one sector (Key Action 2)

UK organisations involved in higher education, vocational education and training, school education, adult education, and youth can apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving provision across more than one sector. Find out more about applying for funding for Strategic Partnerships in more than one sector.

Centralised activities

These are run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency in Brussels. You can find out more about the Executive Agency and Erasmus+ on the How is Erasmus+ run? page.

Sector Skills Alliances

Sector Skills Alliances aim to tackle skills gaps and align VET systems to sector-specific labour and skills needs throughout Europe. They are open to any eligible VET organisation in a programme country. Find out more about applying for funding for Sector Skills Alliances.

Sport

Sport activities are aimed at improving grassroots sports provision to tackle threats such as doping and match-fixing and to increase inclusion and promote sport for all.

VET Charter

Organisations with more experience of running VET projects may wish to apply for the VET Charter.

2017 centralised Calls for VET funding

In January 2017 the European Commission published two Calls for Proposals for VET funding, on long-term mobility of apprentices and Sector Skills Alliances:

Funding for long-term mobility of apprentices

This Call links with the European Commission’s pilot project on ‘A European framework for (long-term) mobility of apprentices’ enabling apprentices to develop their skills and enhance their employability. The total budget is estimated at 2,841,856 euro, with grants expected to be between 300,000 and 500,000 euro.

The deadline to submit an application has now passed (29 March 2017). More information is on the European Commission’s Call webpage, for reference purpose. 

Sector Skills Alliances

This Call is organised into three lots:

Lot 1 - Sector Skills Alliances for skills needs identification aimed at identifying and providing detailed evidence on skills needs, and gaps in a given specific economic sector.

Lot 2 - Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET aimed at responding to identified skills gaps and needs in a specific economic sector, by developing curricula, as well as teaching and training delivery methodologies.

Lot 3 - Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (‘Blueprint’) to sectoral cooperation on skills to support the implementation of the ‘Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills’ by developing a fully-fledged sectoral skills strategy.

The total budget is estimated at 28 million euro.

The deadline to submit an application has now passed (4 May 2017). More information is on the European Commission’s Call webpage

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact Ecorys UK by email or telephone: 0121 212 8947.