Partnerships for Innovation – Forward-Looking Projects – Vocational Education and Training (VET)


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

Identifier Code



Partnerships for Innovation – Forward-Looking Projects – Vocational Education and Training (VET)


This topic is part of the Forward Looking Projects action.

Projects under Lot 2 address the VET sector. Proposals submitted under Lot 2 must address one of the three following priorities that are detailed under ‘Setting up a project’:

  • Priority 3: Supporting the Pact for Skills;
  • Priority 4: Structures and mechanisms for Applied research in VET;
  • Priority 5: Green skills in the VET sector

Detailed Call Description

Proposals submitted under Lot 2 must address one of the following 3 priorities:

Priority 3: Supporting the Pact for Skills
The purpose of this priority is to identify, test, develop or assess tools or structures focused on brokering and building cooperation between large companies and micro, small and medium companies (SMEs) along a value chain in the same industrial ecosystem with the involvement of other players relevant for up- and reskilling. The objective of this cooperation must be the upskilling and reskilling of people at working age in a particular value chain or industrial ecosystem.  Project should involve relevant stakeholders, such as, VET providers, higher education institutions, public and private employment services, innovative hubs, social partners, companies and public authorities. etc. 

Priority 4: Structures and mechanisms for Applied research in VET
Applied research has a strong focus on solving real-world problems in industry. A distinguishing characteristic of applied research in VET is the sector’s potential to bring together research and innovation, with the dual aims of understanding industry’s problems and bringing about change in the workplace. The skills required to create and diffuse knowledge overlap. Both call for inquiry, reflective practice, communication and collaboration. Among their key activities Centres of VET excellence aim at:

  • Working together with local SME’s through innovation hubs, technology diffusion centres, prototyping and
    applied research projects, with the involvement of VET learners and staff;
  • Contributing to creation and dissemination of new knowledge in partnership with other stakeholders, e.g. through open innovation, joint research and development (R&D) with universities, companies, and other research institutes.

Priority 5: Green skills in the VET sector
VET institutions are well placed to provide the skills needed for a successful green transition, both through initial and continuing VET programmes. The Council Recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience also aims to make VET a driver for innovation and growth preparing people with the skills for the digital and green transitions and occupations in high demand. This includes expansion of the training offer fostering the acquisition of entrepreneurial, digital and green skills. etc.
The projects will address both of the following two areas under Priority 5:
A) Set of core green skills for the labour market
B) Integrating this set into VET

Call Total Budget


Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Training Centres

Eligibility For Participation Notes

For all Lots:

  • The partnership must include at least 3 full partners from a minimum of 3 EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (including at least 2 EU Member States).

For Lot 2: Such organisations can be (non-exhaustive list):

  • For at least three of the participating countries, the partnerships must include both employers (or their representatives), as well as education and training organisations (or their representatives).
  • Education and training organisations (e.g. education and training providers such as schools, Higher Education Institutions, VET and Adult education providers, associations, NGOs);
  • Public or private companies that offer training to their employees or partners in the value/supply chain.
  • Drivers of innovation and territorial development (e.g. eco-innovation labs, research centres, innovation agencies, regional development authorities, SMEs, large companies);
  • Policy-makers and public authorities at national, regional and local level (e.g. Ministries of Innovation, Education, Labour, Economy, public and private employment services, qualification authorities, etc.);
  • Organisations carrying out cross-sector activities and other labour market actors (e.g. social partners, sectoral organisations, chambers of industry/commerce/crafts and other intermediary bodies, trade organisations, civil society, sports and cultural organisations, teachers and trainers associations, youth and parents associations, labour market actors);
  • Public or private entities in charge of, or having a degree of responsibility for (or influence over), the organisation and/or financing and/or provision of educational services to adults (e.g. skills assessment, validation of competences, education and training, orientation and guidance).
  • National, International, regional and sectorial skills competition organizations. Higher education institutions established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)

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

Youth Board of Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 402 644

(Publish Date: 14/12/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Education and Culture Executive Agency: