Sector Skills Alliances aim at tackling skills gaps, by identifying sector specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles (demand side), or by enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems, at any level (supply side), to sector–specific labour market needs.
Projects can achieve these aims by applying to one or several of the following Lots (an organisation can be involved as applicant in several proposals and Lots as long as the proposals address different sectors):
Lot 1: Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET: This Lot aims at responding to identified skills gaps and needs by developing common trans-national training content for European occupational core profiles as well as teaching and training methodologies, with a focus on work-based learning. Projects can include skills anticipation aimed at identifying skills needs, gaps and training provisions in a given specific economic sector or provide evidence that the proposed design and delivery of VET is based on existing skills need identification.
Lot 2: Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills: The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills120 is one of the ten actions in the New Skills Agenda for Europe121. In the current call, the Blueprint will be implemented in six sectors that are experiencing severe skills shortages (see eligibility criteria). Alliances under Lot 2 will support the implementation of the Blueprint by developing a sectoral skills strategy.
ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED UNDER THIS ACTION
Lot1: - Designing trans-national sector-wide vocational curricula. - Delivering vocational curricula
Lot 2: Sector Skills Alliances under this Lot shall set up sustainable cooperation on skills development between key industry stakeholders in a given sector, education and training providers, and public authorities.
ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS
Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can be the applicant. This organisation applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the project.
Public or private VET providers, at any EQF level in particular those with an own training de-partment, those providing apprenticeships, and those providing shared training (collaborative training); EU or national organisations and networks representing industry, small and medium-sized en-terprises, social partners, professions and education and training stakeholders, including youth organisations; as well as relevant sectoral organisations; chambers of commerce, of industry or of labour, and other intermediary bodies; networks of VET providers and European or national organisations representing them; European and/or national social partners; labour ministries or associated bodies (agencies or councils); public or private employment services; labour market research institutes, national statistics offices; public or private, small, medium or large enterprises (including social enterprises); economic development agencies and organisations involved in innovation ecosystems; sectoral or professional associations of employers or employees; chambers of skilled crafts; European or national sectoral umbrella organisations; research institutes; sector skills councils; bodies providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services; public authorities responsible for education and training and or labour market issues at local, regional or national level; accreditation,
Lot 1 - Sector Skills Alliances for design and delivery of VET:
• Indicative total budget: 6 000 000 €
• Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (2 years): 700 000 €
• Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (3 years): 1 000 000 €
Lot 2 - Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills
• Indicative total budget: 24 000 000 €
• Maximum EU contribution awarded for a project (4 years): 4 000 000 €