The second wave of Blueprint projects kicked off The second wave of Blueprint projects kicked off their work in Brussels on 24 January. © gnepphoto / Adobe Stock The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills is a framework for strategic cooperation in emerging sectors or sectors which are experiencing significant restructuring. The partnerships include key stakeholders, such as business, trade unions, research, education and training stakeholders, and public authorities. The four new partnerships cover the following sectors: Additive manufacturing, Construction, Maritime shipping and Steel industry. These new projects mobilise over 90 partners from 14 countries. One of the main tasks of the first year of the projects will be to analyse skills mismatches and trends in their sectors. Building on this skills intelligence, the projects develop comprehensive sectoral skills strategies and transnational vocational and training solutions. Background The Blueprint was launched as part of the European Skills Agenda and it is funded by Erasmus+. These four new partnerships join the first five Blueprint Alliances which started to work in January 2018: Automotive Maritime technology Space geo Textile/clothing/leather/footwear Tourism A call for further six sectors eligible for funding under Erasmus+ is currently ongoing, with the deadline of 28 February 2019: Bioeconomy, new technologies and innovation in agriculture Batteries for electro-mobility Defence technologies Energy value chain – digitalisation Energy-intensive industries/industrial symbiosis Microelectronic manufacturing & design Want to get involved? Find out more on our webpage on the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills and leaflet - Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills In a Nutshell. For detailed information on how to apply, check out the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.