Erasmus+, Vocational Education & Training,

Starting out with Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training

  • There are lots of opportunities for organisations active in VET to get involved in Erasmus+.

Organisations working in the field of vocational education and training can receive funding from Léargas to:

  • support the professional development of  their staff members
  • support the learning of vocational education learners with mobility placements in other European countries
  • build projects with like-minded organisations in other countries to exchange best practice and/or create innovative tools and methods for their field

What are the aims of Erasmus+ in VET?

  • Increase the skills and competences of all those involved in VET
  • Ensure skills are relevant to the labour market by strengthening cooperation between education and business
  • Provide increased opportunities for studying and working in another country
  • Develop quality improvements in VET across Europe through cooperation and sharing good practice
  • Increase the international focus of vocational training providers
  • Improve the teaching and learning of languages and intercultural awareness
  • Support the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning.

How does it work?

The types of projects and activities that can be funded by Erasmus+ are

  • Mobility Projects (KA1)
  • Partnerships for Cooperation (KA2).  


Erasmus+ VET

Mobility Projects

Key Action 1 Vocational Education and Training Mobility Projects support the professional development of vocational education staff and learners. 

VET organisations, such as Colleges of Further Education, can receive funding to send their learners on work placements in Europe and to provide exciting professional development opportunities for their staff. 

Educators have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and working methods with their peers in other countries taking part in Erasmus+, and to learn from one another.

Possible activities include:

  • VET traineeships for learners in a workplace or VET school
  • Teaching or training at a partner VET school, enterprise or organisation
  • Participating in training abroad
  • Job-shadowing in an enterprise or VET organisation.

Download the list of eligible organisations.

For more details contact our Project Support and Development Team.

What is a partnership project?

A partnership project is one where an organisation works with other relevant groups across Europe to develop, transfer or implement innovative practices.  Funding is available for Irish organisations, institutions, companies and research organisations that are active in Adult Education, School Education, VET or Youth. Examples of partnerships projects include:

  • An Adult Education organisation working with expert organisations to develop an innovative training course 
  • A school working with other schools to develop its approach to digital learning

There are two types of partnership project:

  • Cooperation Partnerships
  • Small-scale Partnerships


Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnerships

Cooperation Partnerships

  • Increase quality in the work, activities and practices of the organisations and institutions involved
  • Build capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors
  • Address common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training and youth
  • Enable transformation and change, leading to improvements and new approaches at individual, organisational or sectoral level.

For more details contact the Project Support and Development Team:

Small-scale Partnerships

Small-scale Partnerships have similar aims to Cooperation Partnerships and are designed to widen access to Erasmus+.  They are shorter and have simpler administrative requirements than Cooperation Partnerships. They aim to support:

  • Grassroots organisations
  • Less experienced organisations
  • Newcomers to Erasmus+.

For more details contact the Project Support and Development Team.