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The VET Toolbox Call for proposals on inclusion in VET is closed.

10 projects were selected of which 8 have been signed.

Dowload Grant contracts signed

What do we fund?

We 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.

How do we define disadvantaged and vulnerable groups?

  • Disadvantaged group: unfavourable circumstances, especially with regards to employment opportunities.
  • Vulnerable group: exposed to the risk of being in unfavourable circumstances, especially in terms of employment opportunities.

Especially women, migrants and internally displaced people, people living in rural and remote areas, people with disabilities and the poorest quintile (non-exhaustive list).

Grants of the VET Toolbox are a minimum of EUR 250.000 to EUR 400.000 to at least 10 projects implemented in Africa and/or Asia (see list of eligible countries in annex L).

Who do we fund?

Participation in the call for proposals was 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)) had to be legally established and registered in the country in which the action takes place.

Lead applicants had to be a non-state actor and non-profit making actor. This included 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 had to act with at least one co-applicant.

Co-applicants had to satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself. In addition, the following were however also eligible:

  • for-profit institutions and organisations
  • public sector institutions and organisations (such as VET centres, employment services) or public sector authorities (such as national, regional and local authorities).

Grants were accessible to actors established in countries listed in the Call for Proposals documents (Annex L).

Our priorities

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

  1. Access (Access and continuous enrolment of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to the VET system)
  2. 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).
  3. Transition (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. Continuous learning at the workplace (Work-based learning through on-the-job-training, the recognition of prior learning and demand-driven programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups).