A Leonardo da Vinci Partnership is a framework for small-scale cooperation activities between organisations working in the field of vocational education and training ("VET") which will be cooperating on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations. Projects can focus more on the active participation of trainees, while others will concentrate on the cooperation between teachers, trainers or VET-professionals. The cooperation shall not only include VET schools or institutions but also enterprises, social partners or other VET stakeholders. They can cooperate at national, regional or local level, but also at sector level, such as within VET-fields or economic sectors.
The partnership should include partners from at least 3 participating countries. One of the partners must act as coordinator. It is strongly advised to indicate at application stage which of the partners volunteer to act as replacement coordinators, should the original coordinator be rejected in the selection.
Partnership projects fill a gap between the two major decentralised Leonardo da Vinci actions, i.e. the mobility projects and the bigger transfer of innovation projects, as they allow for cooperation in VET beyond mobility activities without, however, demanding large scale cooperation involving big budgets as in the Transfer of Innovation. Partnerships could also be used to continue to cooperate on results achieved in a previous project or be a first step towards a mobility or transfer of innovation project. However, LdV partnerships should not be used to carry out pure mobility projects or to prepare a transfer of innovation project.
Partnerships are an excellent way of enabling peer learning activities for the use of common tools as described in the Helsinki Communiqué, such as transparency, EQF, ECVET, quality assurance, excellence of skills, competences for key sectors.
Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships follow the objectives of the Leonardo da Vinci programme as set out in Article 15.1 of the Programme Decision , which reflect the general political goals of VET policy at European level. This includes the objectives linked to the Copenhagen process and its 2- year updates. The main priorities for VET as reviewed in the Bruges Communiqué in December 2010 set an excellent framework for Leonardo da Vinci partnerships.
More specifically, LdV partnerships are differentiated from the partnership actions in the Comenius and Grundtvig programme on the basis of the content of the activities, which have to be clearly VET related. A second particularity of LdV partnership is the participation of other stakeholders than just VET schools, such as enterprises, social partners, regional, local or even national decision makers.
The following examples of topics which could be covered within a LdV partnership are based on the Bordeaux communiqué reflecting present priority topics in common VET policy:
The LdV Partnership will produce an outcome or results which allow later dissemination and further application of the results of the cooperation. This can be descriptive or tangible, take the form of a common report, a conference, a CD, a tangible product as developed for / on behalf of / with the involvement of trainees, a training concept in a specific VET field, ...etc.
Some countries have set national administrative rules for 2013 Partnership applicants. You can find an overview here , but should always check the website of your own National Agency before making an application.