Erasmus+ Centres of Vocational Excellence Call Launched

The overall objective of this call is to support the establishment and development of transnational cooperation platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) to connect Centres operating in a given local context at European level.

The transnational cooperation platforms will bring together CoVEs that:

share a common interest in specific sectors or trades (eg aeronautics, e-mobility, healthcare, tourism, etc.), or

develop together innovative approaches to tackle societal, technological and economic challenges (eg climate change, digitalisation, artificial intelligence, sustainable development goals, integration of migrants, supporting learners with disabilities/special needs, upskilling people with low skills and/or low qualification levels, etc.).

The platforms will create world-class reference points for vocational training. They will be inclusive and either bring together existing CoVEs in different countries, or expand the model by linking well-established CoVEs in one country with partners in other countries, that intend to develop CoVEs in their local eco-system, thus contributing to ‘upward convergence’ of VET excellence.

The partnership shall include at least eight full partners from a minimum of four Erasmus+ Programme countries (including at least two Member States of the European Union).

Each country must involve:

At least one company, industry or sector representatives (eg chambers or trade associations).

At least one vocational education and training provider (at secondary and/or tertiary level).

One of the partners above will be the coordinating organisation, applying for the Erasmus+ grant on behalf of the partnership. Further composition of the partnership should reflect the specific nature of the proposal.

Activities must start on 1 October 2020 or 1 November 2020. The duration of the projects is four years.

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at a maximum of €20 million. Financial contribution form the EU cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible costs. The maximum EU grant per project is €4 million.

The deadline for applications is 20 February 2020.

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