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Erasmus+: KA2: Strategische partnerschappen onderwijs en opleiding



Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels with the aim of: 

  • enhancing the quality and relevance of the learning offer in education, training and youth work by developing new and innovative approaches and supporting the dissemination of best practices;  
  • fostering the provision and the assessment of key-competences, including basic skills and transversal skills particularly entrepreneurship, languages and digital skills; 
  • increasing  labour  market  relevance  of  learning  provision  and  qualifications  and  reinforcing  links  between education, training or the youth fields with the world of work; 
  • promoting  take-up  of  innovative  practices  in  education,  training  and  youth  by  supporting  personalised learning  approaches,  collaborative  learning  and  critical  thinking,  strategic  use  of  Information  and Communication  Technologies  (ICT),  open  educational  resources  (OER),  open  and  flexible  learning,  virtual mobility and other innovative learning methods; 
  • promoting structured inter-regional and cross-border cooperation: enhancing the commitment of local and regional public authorities in the qualitative development of the education, training and youth fields; 
  • enhancing  the  professional  development  of  those  working  or  active  in  the  education,  training  and  youth fields  by  innovating  and  increasing  the  quality  and  range  of initial  and  continuing  training,  including  new pedagogies, ICT-based methodologies and use of OER; 
  • improving the capacities of organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, notably in the areas  of  strategic  development,  organisational  management, leadership,  quality  of  learning  provision, internationalisation, equity and inclusion, qualitative and targeted activities for specific groups;  
  • fostering equity and inclusion in education, training and youth, to enable quality learning for all as well as to prevent drop-out and promote participation of disadvantaged groups in society;  
  • promote entrepreneurship education to develop active citizenship, employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship), supporting future learning and career paths for individuals in line with their personal and professional development;  
  • increasing participation in learning and employability by developing quality career guidance, counselling and support services;  
  • facilitating the transition of learners through different levels and types of formal/non-formal education and training  through  the  use  of  European  reference  tools  for  the recognition,  validation  and  transparency  of competences and qualifications. 

These objectives will be achieved through projects that:  

  • address policy objectives, challenges and needs of a specific field (i.e. higher education, vocational education and training (VET), school education, adult education, youth); or  
  • address policy objectives, challenges and needs relevant to several fields of education, training and youth. 

In  addition,  in  line  with  the  annual  Work  Programme  adopted  by  the  Commission,  priority  will  be  given  to Strategic Partnerships that aim to:  

  • foster the assessment of transversal skills and promote the take-up of practical entrepreneurial experiences in education, training and youth work; 
  • promote  the  professional  development  of  staff  and  youth  workers  in  ICT  methodologies  and  support  the production and adoption of OER in diverse European languages; 
  • facilitate  the  validation  of  non-formal  and  informal  learning  and  its  permeability  with  formal  education pathways; 
  • pursue  one  or  more  of  the  priorities  described  in  the  introduction  chapters  "Education  and  Training"  and "Youth" in Part B of the Programme Guide.  

What is a strategic partnership?   Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity to organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as enterprises, public authorities, civil society organisations active in different socio-economic sectors to cooperate in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernisation  and societal innovation. Erasmus+ offers great flexibility in terms of  activities that  Strategic  Partnerships  can  implement,  as  long  as  the  proposal  demonstrates  that  these  activities  are  the most appropriate to reach the objectives defined for the project.     What are the activities supported in a strategic Partnership?  Over the lifetime of a project, Strategic Partnerships may typically realise a broad range of activities, for example: 

  • activities that strengthen the cooperation between organisations with a view to establishing exchanges  of practices; 
  • activities that promote the development, testing and/or implementation of innovative practices in the field of education, training and youth;  
  • activities  that  facilitate  the  recognition  and  validation  of  knowledge,  skills  and  competences  acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning;.  
  • activities of cooperation between regional authorities to promote the development of education, training  and  youth  systems  and  their  integration  in  actions  of  local  and  regional  development; 
  • transnational initiatives fostering entrepreneurial mind-sets and skills, to encourage active citizenship and entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship).  
  • Strategic Partnerships may also organise training, teaching or learning activities of individuals, in so far as they bring added value in the achievement of the project's objectives.  



For 2015 the budget available for Strategic Partnerships is 336 219 212 euro, ditributed as followed: 

  • School education: 127 228 000 euro
  • Higher Education: 37 896 983 euro
  • VET: 93 734 238 euro
  • Adult education: 43 797 274 euro

More details can be found in the Annual Work Programme.  The total project grant is capped at 150 000 EUR for a 1-year project, 300 000 EUR for a 2-year project and 450 000 EUR for a 3-year project. 


A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme  Country  or  in  any  Partner  Country  of  the  world  (see  section  "Eligible Countries" in Part A of this Guide).  For example, such organisation can be: 

  • a higher education institution; 
  • a  school/institute/educational  centre  (at  any  level,  from  pre-school  to  upper secondary education 19 , and including vocational education and adult education); 
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO; 
  • a  public  or  private,  a  small,  medium  or  large  enterprise  (including  social enterprises); 
  • a public body at local, regional or national level; 
  • a  social  partner  or  other  representative  of  working  life,  including  chambers  of commerce, industry, craft/professional associations and trade unions; 
  • a research institute; 
  • a foundation; 
  • an inter-company training centre; 
  • enterprises providing shared training (collaborative training); 
  • a cultural organisation, library, museum; 
  • a  body  providing  career  guidance,  professional  counselling  and  information services; 
  • a body validating knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning; 
  • a European Youth NGO; 
  • a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. informal group of young people 20).  

Higher education institutions (HEIs) established in a Programme Country must hold a valid  Erasmus  Charter  for  Higher  Education  (ECHE).  An  ECHE  is  not  required  for participating HEIs in partner Countries, but they will have to sign up to its principles. 

Info & contact

Meer informatie vindt u in de Erasmus+ Programmagids. EPOS VZWHendrik Consciencegebouw 6AKoning Albert II-laan 151210 Brusseltel: 02/553.97.31fax: 02/553.97.50e-mail: info@epos-vlaanderen.be


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