Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields (e.g. local and regional authorities, recognition and validation centres, chambers of commerce, trade organisations, guidance centres, cultural organisations). Depending on the priority and the objectives addressed by the project, Strategic Partnerships should involve the most appropriate and diverse range of partners in order to benefit from their different experiences, profiles and specific expertise and to produce relevant and high quality project results.

In vocational education and training, the specific priorities of this kind of projects are:

  • Promoting work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeship-type training, by involving social partners, companies and VET providers, as well as stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Further developing quality assurance mechanisms in VET, in line with EQAVET recommendation, and establishing continuous information and feedback loops to I-VET and C-VET systems, based on learning outcomes as part of quality assurance systems.
  • Further strengthening key competences in VET curricula and providing more effective opportunities to acquire or develop those skills through I-VET and C-VET.
  • Enhancing access to training and qualifications for all through C-VET, in a life-long learning perspective, notably by increasing the quality, supply and accessibility of C-VET, validation of non-formal and informal learning, promoting work-place learning in companies for the working population, providing for efficient and integrated guidance services and flexible and permeable learning pathways.

To get ro know more about this action you can read the guide of the Erasmus+ or visit the official website of the European Commission about this programme.

Related materials
  • Strategic partnerships Funding for education, training and youth projects : Erasmus+This brochure is a start-up guide to Strategic Partnerships. It provides basic information on who can apply, where, how and when, some hints on do’s and don’ts, and some concrete real-life examples.
  • ECTS users guideThe ECTS Users’ Guide offers guidelines for implementing the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and links to useful supporting documents.
  • Education and Training Monitor 2015The Education and Training Monitor is an annual series that captures the evolution of Europe's education and training systems by bringing together a wide array of evidence in one digestible report. The Education and Training Monitor 2015 is accompanied by twenty-eight in-depth country reports that complement the cross-national analysis with country-specific data and information on policy measures and the latest reforms.