Centres for vocational excellence

Centres for vocational excellence are European platforms which aim to contribute to regional development, innovations and smart specialisation strategies, as well as to international collaborative platforms. They promote a a bottom-up approach to excellence where institutions for vocational education and training (VET) are capable of rapidly adapting skills provision to evolving economic and social needs. These centres operate at both national and transnational level and are open for the involvement of countries with well-developed vocational excellence systems, as well as those in the process of developing similar approaches.

What types of activities are supported in these projects?


Centres for Vocational Excellence are characterized by a systemic approach and are expected to go further than simply providing quality vocational qualifications. Their activities are grouped into three clusters:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Cooperation and partnerships
  • Governance and funding

Projects must include the design of a long-term action plan for the progressive roll-out of project deliverables after the project has finished.

Who can participate in the project?


Any public or private organisation active in the field of vocational education and training, or 
in the world of work and legally established in a Programme country* or in a Partner Country** can participate in the project.

*Programme Countries are EU Member States, as well as Serbia, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia and Turkey.

**Partner countries are all world countries except Programme Countries.

Who can apply?


The applicant organisation, i.e. the project coordinator, can be any organisation from a Programme Country participating in the project.

Is there a specific number of partner organisations on the project?


A consortium must include at least eight organisations from four different Programme Countries(including at least two EU Member States). In addition, the partnership must include at least 1 enterprise, industry or sector representative organisation and at least 1 vocational education and training provider (at secondary and/or tertiary level).

Further composition of the partnership should reflect the specific nature of the proposal.

What is the duration of these projects?


The projects last four years.

Where to apply?


Applications should be submitted to the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The applications are submitted electronically through a prescribed online form on the platform.

What is the application deadline?


The 2021 call for proposals for Centres for Vocational Excellence will be open until 7 September at 17:00:00 (Brussels time).

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