Partnership for Excellence – Centres of Vocational Excellence


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Erasmus+ Programme

Programme Description

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.

Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and to a wider range of organisations, focusing on its qualitative impact and contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies.

Programme Details

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Partnership for Excellence – Centres of Vocational Excellence


This Call is under the Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme and specifically under Partnerships for Excellence. This action supports the gradual establishment and development of European platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, contributing to regional development, innovation, smart specialisation strategies as well as to international collaborative platforms.

Detailed Call Description

The platforms aim for “upward convergence” of VET excellence. They will be open for the involvement of countries with well-developed vocational excellence systems, as well as those in the process of developing similar approaches, aimed at exploring the full potential of VET institutions to play a proactive role in support of growth and innovation.

Centres of Vocational Excellence will operate at two levels:

  1. At national level in a given local context, by embedding CoVEs closely in the local innovation ecosystems, and connecting them at European level.
  2. At transnational level through platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence to establish world-class reference points for vocational training by bringing together CoVEs that share a common interest in specific sectors or innovative approaches to tackle societal challenges.

CoVEs are not intended to build new VET institutions and infrastructure from scratch (although they may also do so), but instead to bring together a set of local/regional partners, such as initial and continuing VET providers, tertiary education institutions including universities of applied sciences and polytechnics, research institutions, companies, chambers, social partners, national and regional authorities and development agencies, public employment services, etc.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

The maximum EU grant per project is € 4,000,000.

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Other Services
  • Public Administration
  • Regional Development
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Chambers
  • Educational Institutions
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Training Centres

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Foundation for the Management of European (EU) Lifelong Learning Programmes

Tel: +357 22 448 888

Cyprus Youth Board

Tel: +357 22 402 644

EU Contact Point

European Education and Culture Executive Agency –