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We are looking to fund new and innovative inclusive initiatives and tools that contribute to facilitate access to the formal and informal labour market for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through improved employability and vocational education and training.

The VET Toolbox will launch a Call for Proposals to provide grant funding to projects that help us realise this objective.

 Be aware that the following text should not be considered at any time as an official call for proposals or a promise to grant an action, but should be considered only as an information. The VET Toolbox is not bound by the below information and reserves the right to publish a call for proposals using different terms.

Who do we fund?

Participation in the call for proposals is open on equal terms to all legal persons.

To ensure national ownership and sustainability of the action, at least 1 applicant (lead applicant and/or co-applicant(s)) must be legally established and registered in the country in which the action takes place.

Lead applicants must be a non-state actor and non-profit making actor. This includes institutions such as non-governmental non-profit organisations, community-based organisations, private-sector non-profit agencies and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level.

In order to ensure national ownership and sustainability of the action, the lead applicant must act with at least one co-applicant.

Co-applicants must be a non-state actor and non-profit making actor but the following actors are also eligible: for-profit institutions and organisations and public sector institutions and organisations (such as VET centres, employment services) or public sector authorities (such as national, regional and local authorities).

Grants are accessible to actors established in countries that will be listed in the Call for Proposals documents.

What do we fund?

Our priorities are to develop, test and/or implement innovative strategies and approaches, conducive towards improving:

  1. Access and continuous enrolment of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to the VET system.
  2. 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.
  3. Transition of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups from formal and non-formal vocational education and training to work, and increased integration into the formal and informal labour market.
  4. Work-based learning through on-the-job-training, the recognition of prior learning and demand-driven programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

Actions must be carried out in countries in Sub-Sahara Africa and/or Asia.






Initiatives need to develop and test an approach, method, measure or strategy that has not been implemented yet for the specific beneficiaries of the proposal.


We seek proposals that match skills development to real labour market needs and job opportunities in the labour market. Proposals should contribute to reform and change (to shift away from business as usual) and have potential to be scaled up.