VET Research Funding Opportunity on Skills Assessments


The call for proposals “Support for the deployment of skills assessments in the implementation of “Upskilling Pathways”” (VP/2018/008, EaSI programme) has been published. The specific objective of this call is to support the deployment of the provision of individual skills assessments (including for literacy, numeracy and digital skills) for low skilled / low qualified adults. The call is targeting national and/or regional authorities in Member States and other EaSI participating countries (if they so wish) and aims to support the implementation of the Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways. The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing (max 80%) of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 1 500 000. The deadline for submitting proposals is 13/07/2018. The starting date of the action should be indicatively November 2018 – January 2019. The project’s duration should indicatively be between 12 months and 24 months. A webinar to present the call in details and reply questions from potential applicants will be held in English on 29 May from 15h to 17h (Brussels time). To register to this webinar and for any further information potential applicants should write to

The Council Recommendation of 15 March 2018 on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (2018/C 153/01) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Recommendation aims at increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices and contributing towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs. Quality apprenticeships also help encourage active citizenship and social inclusion by integrating people of different social backgrounds into the labour market. The framework sets out 14 criteria in relation to working and learning conditions as well as to framework conditions. It provides a common understanding among Member States and it will support their efforts to reform and modernise apprenticeship systems that provide an excellent learning and career pathway.

Source: Dana Bachmann, European Commission