Call for proposals 2016 — Erasmus+ programme — KA3 — VET-business partnerships on work-based learning and apprenticeships EACEA/40/2016 Closed!


The overall aim of the Call is to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business, to improve the relevance of education and training to labour market needs, and to raise excellence.

In this context the objective of the Call is to invite the submission of proposals on VET-business partnerships to develop work-based learning and thus contributing to the Riga objective to promote work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeships.

This Call also intends to improve the quality of work-based learning and apprenticeships by promoting partnerships that involve companies, VET providers, other relevant stakeholders and intermediary organisations to develop more relevant, systematic and sustainable approaches by transferring knowledge and by learning from well-established models and practices.

The focus lies on the regional and local dimension in order to produce concrete and sustainable results on the ground.


The Call for Proposals distinguishes between two different types of partnerships:

  1. Local and regional partnerships
  2. Partnerships between a European umbrella organisation and its national members or affiliates

In addition, beneficiaries shall undertake two of the following three activities for both lots:

  • design and implement curricula, courses and modules, training material on work-based learning and apprenticeships according to skills needs and in line with the European transparency instruments (e.g. EQF, EQAVET, ECVET) and using digital and innovative technologies as appropriate,
  • build effective cooperation structures between VET teachers and in-company trainers for the delivery of work-based learning and apprenticeships,
  • set up and strengthen work-based learning and apprenticeships in higher VET at tertiary level by facilitating cooperation between VET providers at secondary and tertiary level and businesses, including the promotion of research links to universities or universities of applied sciences to respond to skills shortages and foster the excellence agenda

European community funding

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

  • 6,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 17 January 2017 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call 2016 — Erasmus+ - VET-business partnerships on work-based learning and 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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