Vocational education and training funding

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK organisations involved in vocational education and training (VET) can apply for Erasmus+ funding for life-changing international activities.

  • For learners, apprentices, and staff, it is a fantastic opportunity to enhance understanding of different cultures, while gaining knowledge, skills and experience of value to their career.

  • For organisations, it helps to develop capacity, create transnational partnerships, and offer new opportunities to learners, apprentices and staff.

From 2014 -2017, 604 Erasmus+ grants were awarded to UK VET organisations, worth around €125 million in total. See Funding results for more information. In 2019, a proposed budget of over €43 million is reserved specifically for UK VET organisations. UK organisations can also apply for additional funding streams (called ‘centralised’ activities), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency.

Available funding

You can apply for one or more of the Erasmus+ VET funding opportunities. Find details and how to apply via the links below:

  • Mobility for learners and staff (Key Action 1): opportunities for learners and staff to spend a period of learning in another country through work placements and job shadowing.

  • Partnership funding (Key Action 2): collaborative partnerships with international partners to improve provision for learners and share innovative practices. 

  • Cross-sector Partnerships (Key Action 2): working with partners from the higher education, vocational education and training, school, adult education and youth sectors to improve provision across more than one sector.

  • Sector Skills Alliances: Sector Skills Alliances aim to tackle skills gaps by aligning VET systems to sector-specific labour and skills needs.

  • 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.

The three Key Action 1 and Key Action 2 activities are run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. Sector Skills Alliances and Sport Activities are run by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Read more about how Erasmus+ is run.

VET Charter

Organisations with experience of running VET projects can apply for the VET Charter. Please note that you do not have to be a Charter holder in order to apply for Erasmus+ funding.

Ready to apply?

Before you apply you must have registered on the EU Login to obtain your organisation's unique Participant Identification Code, which is essential for your application. You can read more about EU Login in the European Commission's manual (3.13 MB).

Who should I contact?

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