The European Commission is launching an exciting new initiative that will enable vocational education and training (VET) colleges in the EU to set up student and staff exchange programmes with colleges in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Africa,.
Besides student and staff mobility between colleges, these mobility partnerships will also share good practice in their countries and regions, and create networks and partnerships for exchange.
• Exchange of ideas and techniques between regions
• Better skills among VET teachers and learners
• Improved VET management and training quality
• Curriculum and training reform in colleges
Infosheets on the Call
There are two infosheets that provide specific information on the call. These documents are available in English and French.
Prospective candidates can download the infosheet on Enlargement countries, as well as the infosheet linking the programme to participating African countries.
Webinar on VET mobility pilot
On Thursday 4 April, we hosted a webinar to answer questions associated with the VET mobility pilot.
The webinar can be viewed below - audio commences immediately; however, video presentation starts at approximately 4 minutes.
Looking for a partner for your proposal?
Fill in the survey and we will circulate your details among the EC's VET networks in Europe, Enlargement countries and Africa.
Frequently asked Questions
Potential applicants are asked to regularly review the questions below: the answers provided may determine whether an organisation decides to apply for this call.
Aside from European Union Member States, there are two lots of countries that are included in this pilot scheme: Lot 1: Enlargement Countries The following countries will be considered: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo1 and Turkey. Lot 2: Targeted African Countries There are five targeted regions: North: Mauritania, Tunisia West: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone Central: Cameroon, Chad, Gabon East: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan South: Angola, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa
1This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
In Lot 1, there will be a required minimum of six countries represented per submission. Of those six countries, three must be from the countries indicated in Lot 1. The other three must be EU Member States, one of which will apply on behalf of the whole group. In the targeted African countries indicated in Lot 2, there will be a required minimum of thirteen countries represented per submission. Of those thirteen countries, ten of the countries represented should be from Africa and there should be at least one country from each of the five African regions mentioned in Lot 2. Additionally, institutions from three EU Member States must also be included, one of which will apply on behalf of the group.
Applicants must be from a European Union Member State.
Eligible organisations from the countries mentioned in Lot 1 and Lot 2 participate as partners in the application. The applicant (based in a European Union Member State) is applying on their behalf. Should the grant be awarded, the applicant is considered as the beneficiary organisation for the purposes of the implementation of the grant agreement. The partners are considered as co-beneficiaries and will be required to sign a formal mandate with the applicant organisation, mandating the coordinator to act on their behalf (see Annex 2 of the call for proposals). The grant agreement is a multibeneficiary grant agreement which will not be countersigned unless and until this requirement has been met.
Yes. The call for proposals states that a public or private VET organisation (or subsidiary/branch) active in the field of vocational education and training and legally registered in a European Union Member State or a legally registered consortium of public or private VET organisations registered in a European Union Member State is eligible to apply. This includes include public and private education and training providers, including higher education institutions insofar as they are providing initial and continuous vocational and education and training. Consortia are understood to be two or more participating organisations teaming up to prepare, implement and follow-up a project or activity within a project. A consortium can be national or include different countries. A network of universities would be understood in the same manner. To be eligible however as applicant, the network must be legally registered in a European Union Member State. Please also note that the network will count as one legal entity/partner institution and will act on behalf of its members. Since the legal entity is linked to a specific country and therefore the network will represent the respective country in the partnership, the requirement to include a minimum of two other EU Member States for the application to be eligible still applies.
Interested organisations from European Union Member States, enlargement countries (Lot 1), and targeted African countries (Lot 2) can submit contact details and a statement of interest asking to be connected with potential partners. Key elements of information needed are: the name of your organisation, location of your organisation, and field of studies covered. You can enter this information on this web survey form. By adding the information on this site you will be asked to read and agree with the privacy statement that governs the way we will share this information only for the purposes of connecting with interested organisations. This prospective participants’ information will then be made available to our extended VET networks in Europe, Enlargement countries and Africa. Organisations can then connect and determine whether they are interested in collaborating together. Disseminating information on interested organisations cannot be considered as a guarantee of funding of course. You will also find information about VET providers working in similar projects on the Erasmus+ website. The "Erasmus+ Project Results" is the Erasmus+ platform for dissemination and exploitation of project results. You can find there project information and results of all projects supported by the European Commission under the integrated Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. This search provides information on VET Mobility projects and skills alliances on VET. You can also access further information on sector skills alliances on VET.
Point 8.2 Operational capacity of the call for proposals states that there must be experience within the team of at least two international cooperation projects in the field of vocational education and training delivered in the last five years with a minimum value of at least € 300.000 (Lot 1) or €400.000 (Lot 2). By international cooperation projects, we intend projects that involve institutions from different countries working together (which can be within the EU solely or beyond the EU). 'In the field of vocational education and training' can be either solely in the area of VET or include the area of VET amongst other areas. The minimum value of the project is the total budget of the project (which might include an EU grant of a lower amount). The total budget must be clearly specified and demonstrable in this case.
Yes. The European Commission will fund 100% of the eligible costs in both selected projects.
Yes. Institutions holding an Erasmus+ Higher Education Charter are equivalent to institutions holding the VET Charter with regard to the requirements laid out under 8.2 Operational Capacity.
No. Intra-regional mobility (ie mobilities within the Enlargement Countries or within Africa) will not be funded as this is not the purpose of the scheme. The only exception to this may be the mobility of an institutional coordinator from one country within a region to another for a general management/coordination meeting.
Partners from the Enlargement Countries and Africa will not have to provide a PIC in the application. Institutions from EU Member States will need to provide a validated PIC in order to be considered.
No. Online Linguistic Support will not be available under this programme.
All participating organisations are encouraged to submit mandates with their proposals. Selected proposals will not receive a grant agreement until official mandates are received.
Yes. Accompanying persons will be allowed in the case of minors (those 18 years and younger) participating in the program, though they are not obligatory for minors.
No. A budget worksheet will not be provided.
Yes. Exceptional travel costs can be covered if the distance bands do not cover enough coverage for the travel costs of participants (ie. longer routes required due to flight connections, distances to airports or additional travel costs to get the necessary visa for instance). If exceptional costs are being charged to the project, it will be necessary to prove the actual cost of the travel in the relevant financial report or for auditing purposes.
Yes. Costs derived from organising meetings of transnational consortia will be eligible.
Unless the E-learning platform offers a qualification recognised and accredited by the relevant national authorities, the organisation providing this platform is not a VET provider in the sense of article 6.1 (eligible participating organisations and applicants) of the call for proposals. The development of E-learning platforms as a form of open education resource for the delivery of new VET teaching and training methods is however an eligible activity under Lot 2 (Africa).
The EU applicant organization will be managing the funds on behalf of the partnership (who are co-beneficiaries of the action). The partnership is represented by the applicant organisation by virtue of the mandate (see Annex 2 of the call for proposals and an integral part of the grant agreement) and will distribute the amounts corresponding to the partner organisation's participation in the action.
Translations of the call for proposals in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Croatian are also posted on the site. In the case of conflicting meanings between language versions, the English version will prevail.
Pilot VET mobility scheme for the Enlargement countries1 and Africa
Pilot VET mobility scheme for the Enlargement countries1 and Africa
Who can take part?
Eligible organisations can be a public or private VET provider, consortium or a company involved in VET. They must be based in an EU Member State or one of the eligible partner countries.
There can also be an advisory role for other players such as NGOs, local authorities, SMEs, etc.
Who can apply?
The applicant must be an eligible organisation registered in an EU Member State.
How does it work?
For Enlargement Countries (Lot 1):
A partnership must contain at least six organisations: at least three from three different EU Member States plus three from three different countries as follows: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo* and Turkey.
For Africa (Lot 2):
The proposal must include in total at least 13 organisations: minimum three organisations from three different EU Member States and 10 organisations from 10 different African countries targeted by this action and covering the 5 regions of Africa.
Projects must focus on three priority fields of study: (a) Engineering, manufacturing and construction; (b) Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary; (c) Hotel, restaurants and catering and/or Travel, tourism and leisure
Targeted African countries
North: Mauritania, Tunisia
West: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
Central: Cameroon, Chad, Gabon
East: Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan
South: Angola, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
More information – including the call documents will be published on this page soon. In the meantime, you can contact us at: EAC-VET-MOBILITY-SCHEME@ec.europa.eu