CALL FOR PROPOSALS: INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES AND APPROACHES TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISADVANTAGED AND VULNERABLE GROUPS THROUGH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET)
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
As part of the VET Toolbox project, we are launching an EU-funded call for proposals on inclusion in VET. In other words, we seek to promote inclusive, demand-driven VET & skills development.
WHAT IS THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE?
The specific objective of this call is to fund innovative and inclusive initiatives that improve employment opportunities in the formal and informal labour market for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through vocational education and training.
Activities we fund shall be innovative, entail an upscaling potential, be cost-effective, sustainable and show local ownership
Vocational education and training programmes can help to equip people with adequate skills. However, such opportunities and the right to education are hampered for many disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, especially for women, migrants and internally displaced people, people living in rural and remote areas, people with disabilities, and the poorest quintile.
For these groups, under-employment and unemployment levels are higher than the average, and they often end up in poor quality jobs and jobs characterized by high levels of informality. One of the main causes is the limited access of vulnerable people to VET. Completion is another challenge as once enrolled in VET programs, these groups are at higher risk of dropping out. Finding solutions for these issues is crucial for addressing inequalities in the VET system, guaranteeing the educational rights of these groups and giving opportunities to improve their employability and enter in decent employment.
Finally, they experiment difficulties also in the transition from school to work and at the workplace and stigma remains a major challenge. VET systems and employment services are often unprepared to deal with inclusion of vulnerable people.
As a response, Enabel launched this call for proposals.
WHICH APPLICANTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
-The lead applicant must be a non-state actor and non-profit making actor.
-The co-applicant(s) can be for-profit institutions (grant must not raise profits) and/or public-sector institutions, authorities and organisations.
-The lead applicant must act with at least one co-applicant(s). One of them must be legally established and registered in the country where action takes place.
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE GRANTS?
Minimum EUR 250,000 and maximum EUR 400,000 to be spent over 18-24 months.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
Submit your concept note not later than 15 February 2019.
WHAT DO WE FUND ?
Our four priorities are to develop, test and/or implement innovative strategies and approaches, benefiting disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, and which are conducive towards improving:
-Access: Access and continuous enrolment
-Completion: Improved teaching/training and learning focussing on the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and preventing them from dropping out of the VET system or ensuring their reintegration.
-Transition: Transition from formal and non-formal vocational education and training to work, and increased integration into the formal and informal labour market.
-Continuous learning at the workplace: Workbased learning through on-the-job-training, the recognition of prior learning and demand-driven programmes.
At least 2 out of 4 priorities must be met