KA1 mobility projects in vocational education and training allow vocational education and training (VET) providers and other organisations active in the VET field to send their learners and staff on learning and training periods in an Erasmus+ Programme Country. These projects support internationalisation, as well as strengthen the capacities of VET providers and other organisations active in the VET field.
What are the objectives of KA1 mobility projects in vocational education and training?
- strengthening key competences and transversal skills, in particular language learning;
- supporting the development of job specific skills needed in the current and future labour market;
- sharing best practices and promoting the use of new and innovative pedagogical methods and technologies, and supporting the professional development of teachers, trainers, mentors and other staff in VET;
- building the capacity of VET providers to carry out high quality mobility projects, and their ability to form quality partnerships while developing their internationalisation strategy;
- making mobility a realistic possibility for any learner in IVET and CVET, and increasing the average duration of mobility for VET learners to increase its quality and impact;
- fostering the quality, transparency and recognition of learning outcomes of mobility periods abroad, especially by using European tools and instruments.
- promoting values of inclusion and diversity, tolerance, and democratic participation;
- promoting knowledge about shared European heritage and diversity;
- supporting development of professional networks across Europe.
What role can institutions assume when applying for a KA1 project in vocational education and training?
Institutions in Serbia can assume the role of the project coordinator (applicant organisation) and the role of a partner on a project.
Most types of available activities within KA1 projects are outgoing. This means that the applicant organisation from Serbia will act as a sending organisation: it will select participants and send them to a hosting organisation abroad. In addition, there are special types of activities that allow applicant organisations to invite experts, teachers, and educators in training to their organisation in Serbia.
The purpose of incoming activities is the same as that of outgoing activities – strengthening the capacity and international cooperation of the project coordinator (applicant organisation).
In this case, organisations do not have to submit an application, yet act as hosts for foreign participants. That means that the Serbian institution is the partner to some other European institution applying for a mobility project and is responsible for accepting the mobility participants and the organisation of activities.
What are the types of KA1 projects in adult education?
Before applying, it is important to select the type of KA1 mobility project in vocational education and training.
These projects provide applicant organisations with an opportunity to organise various mobility activities for staff and learners over a period of 6 to 18 months. Short-term projects are the best choice for organisations trying Erasmus+ for the first time.
These projects are open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of vocational education and training. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to receive funding for a longer period of organising mobility activities (for staff and learners) and implementation of the internationalisation strategy outlined in their Erasmus Plan, which should be based on their needs and longterm objectives. Funding for accredited organisations will be limited.
What types of activities are available in VET projects?
Here you can read more about the types of activities (outgoing mobilities) available for both types of VET mobility projects.
- Job shadowing (2 to 60 days);
- Teaching assignments (2 to 365 days);
- Courses and training (2 to 30 days). Funding for courses is limited to 10 days per participant.
Staff will be able to combine physical and virtual mobilities. In that case, the minimum and the maximum duration refer to the physical mobility.
- Participation in skills competitions (1 to 10 days);
- Short-term learning mobility of VET learners (10 to 89 days);
- Long-term learning mobility of VET learners (ErasmusPro) (90 to 365 days).
Learners will be able to combine physical and virtual mobilities. In that case, the minimum and the maximum duration refer to the physical mobility.
Types of activities available for incoming mobilities:
- Invited experts (2 to 60 days). Organisations can invite trainers, teachers, policy experts or other qualified professionals from abroad who can help improve the teaching, training and learning at the receiving organisation.
- Hosting teachers and educators in training (10 to 365 days). Applicant organisations can host teachers in training.
- Preparatory visits to the partner institution before the mobility. These visits refer to special situations such as preparing the mobilities of participants with fewer opportunities or preparing longterm mobilities. They cannot be organised to prepare a course or training activity for staff.
Where and how to apply?
Applications have to be submitted to the Tempus Foundation until 11 May at noon.
Funding received for mobility projects refers to the following costs:
- Organisational support
- Individual support
- Preparatory visits
- Inclusion support for learners with fewer opportunities and their accompanying persons where it is necessary
- Course fees
- Linguistic support
- Exceptional costs.
For more information, see the Programme Guide.
Erasmus quality standards
Implementation of all activities supported under this Action must follow the Erasmus quality standards. The Erasmus quality standards cover concrete implementation practices for project tasks such as selection and preparation of participants, definition, evaluation and recognition of learning outcomes, sharing of project results, etc.
It is of particular importance that organisations encourage inclusion, sustainability (predominantly referring to the use of sustainable means of travel) and digital education within their projects.