Horizontal Priorities – KA2 Strategic Partnerships (higher education, school education, vocational education and training, adult education, field of youth)


  • Development of relevant and high-quality skills and competences: supporting individuals in acquiring and developing basic skills and key competences, in order to foster employability and socio-educational and personal development, as well as participation in civic and social life. This priority will include, among others, actions to develop partnerships between learning institutions, businesses and intermediary bodies, with a view to promote lifelong learning and to improve the quality and effectiveness of learning mobility experiences. The Programme will also support actions that develop or disseminate tools for the assessment of such competences, as well as actions that apply “learning outcomes”-based approaches in education, training and youth activities or assess their quality, impact and relevance.


  • Social inclusion: priority will be given to actions that help address diversity and promote –in particular through innovative and integrated approaches– ownership of shared values, equality, including gender equality, and nondiscrimination and social inclusion through education, training, youth and sport activities. The Programme will support projects that aim to: a) foster the development of social and civic and intercultural competences, media literacy, and critical thinking, and also tackle discrimination, segregation, racism, bullying and violence; b) enhance the access, participation and learning performance of disadvantaged learners, reducing disparities in learning outcomes; and c) support and assess new approaches to reducing disparities in access to and engagement with digital technologies in formal and non-formal education. Particular attention will be given to addressing gender differences in relation to ICT.


  • Open education and innovative practices in a digital era: priority will be given to actions that promote innovative methods and pedagogies, as well as participatory modes of governance, where appropriate. Another priority will be updating and developing digital learning materials and tools, in particular Open Educational Resources, open textbooks, and Free and Open Source Educational Software, as well as supporting the effective use of digital technologies and open pedagogies in education, training, youth and sport. This will include fostering synergies with research and innovation activities and promoting new technologies as drivers of improvements in education, training, youth and sport policies and practices. The Programme will also support new teaching methods and tools.


  • Educators: priority will be given to actions that strengthen the recruitment, selection and induction of the best and most suitable candidates for the teaching profession as well as to actions supporting the promotion of high-quality and innovative teaching in all educational sectors, training and youth work. The Programme will support the professional development of educators (such as teachers, professors, tutors, mentors, coaches, etc.) and youth workers, especially in dealing with early school leaving, learners with disadvantaged backgrounds, diversity in classrooms, use of new teaching methods and tools, and other contexts and work-based and informal learning.


  • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications: priority will be given to actions that support employability as well as learning and labour mobility and facilitate transitions between different levels and types of education and training, between education/training and the world of work, and between different jobs. Priority will be given to actions enabling and promoting recognition as well as transparency and comparability of qualifications and learning outcomes, including through the provision of better services and information/guidance on skills and qualifications. This includes promoting innovative solutions for the recognition and supporting the validation – at local, regional, national or European/international level – of competences acquired through informal and non-formal learning.


  • Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency: priority will be given to actions supporting the effective implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe, including by promoting funding models attracting private actors and capital (incl. under the Erasmus+ Student Loan Guarantee Facility), as well as supporting the design of evidence based reforms that deliver quality, innovation and relevance in education, training, youth and sport systems and policies. Priority will also be given to actions supporting the development of innovative ways to ensure sustainable investment in all forms of learning, both formal and non-formal, including performance-based funding and cost sharing.


  • Social and educational value of European cultural heritage, its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. In the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 , priority will be given to actions contributing to raising awareness of the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage through education, life-long learning, informal and non-formal learning, youth as well as sport, including actions to support skills development, social inclusion, critical thinking and youth engagement. New participatory and intercultural approaches to heritage, as well as educational initiatives aimed at fostering intercultural dialogue involving teachers and pupils from an early age will be promoted.