Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (implementing the ‘Blueprint’)


    The Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions and tackle skills gaps in the labour market that hamper growth.

    EACEA (European Education and Culture Executive Agency) is the European institution providing the funding, which amounts to EUR 4,000,000.


    Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills aim to create new strategic approaches and cooperation for concrete skills development solutions – both in the short and the medium term – in areas implementing a major action of the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, and the Pact for Skills. 

    The large-scale partnerships under the Pact for Skills will build on the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills. Therefore, Alliances under this funding call will support the implementation of the commitments under the Pact by developing sectoral skills strategies. These strategies have to lead to systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps and mismatches, as well as ensuring appropriate quality and levels of skills.

    Activities and Actions Supported

    Projects should implement the following activities:

    • Develop a strategic approach to sectoral cooperation on skills
    • Design European sector-wide agreed ‘core’ curricula and training programmes within the first year of activity
    • Rapidly address urgent skills needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the digital and green transitions
    • Develop occupational profiles and training content for changing and emerging occupational profiles
    • Deliver ‘core’ curricula and training programmes
    • Design a long-term action plan for the progressive roll-out of project deliverables after the project has finished

    Eligibility Criteria

    In order to be eligible, applicants must be partners in a large-scale skills partnership under the Pact for Skills. Moreover, please note the following:

    • Any full partner legally established in an EU Member State or third country associated with the Erasmus+ Programme can be the applicant.
    • Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills must cover at least 8 EU Member States and third countries associated with the Programme and involve at least 12 full partners. The partnership must include at least 5 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 5 education and training providers (VET and HEIs) as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal.
    • Alliances have to choose the industrial ecosystem (among the 14 identified in the New Industrial Strategy for Europe) which their project will address.
    • The following industrial ecosystems will have priority if there are no related Blueprints ongoing or if these Blueprints will end by 2023: Automotive, Textile, Renewable Energy, Electronics, Retail, Construction, Aerospace & Defence, and Energy Intensive Industries.
    • The duration of the project is 4 years

    Application and Additional Information

    GO TO APPLICATION: Applicants must fill in a detailed budget table according to the application form via the Funding and Tenders Portal.

    Download the standard application template for Erasmus+ projects.
    For more information consult the Erasmus Plus programme Guide.

    If in need of help and support to participate this Call for Grants, please reach out to EACEA at: [email protected]