KA3 — Support for small and medium sized enterprises engaging in apprenticeships EACEA/41/2015 Closed!


Against the background of high youth unemployment and skills mismatch, high-quality apprenticeships are needed to ensure that knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the period of training are relevant to labour market needs. The success of policy initiatives for apprenticeships also depends largely on more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) including micro-companies being involved in providing placements. Evidence suggests that large enterprises are more likely to offer apprenticeships than their smaller counterparts. SMEs play a key role in job creation and therefore could also play a stronger role in the provision of apprenticeships, thus enhancing the employability of young people.


The aim of this call is to support projects at European level helping SMEs to engage in apprenticeships. Proposals should be submitted under one of the following two Lots:
  • Partnerships on building capacities for intermediary bodies or partnerships established by large companies to support SMEs (Lot 1)
  • European level networks and organisations supporting SMEs through their national members or affiliates (Lot 2)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 8,70 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 January 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • KA3 — Support for small and medium sized enterprises engaging in apprenticeships (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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