Cooperation for Innovations & the Exchange of Good Practices – Key Action 2

Which actions are supported?

This Key Action supports:

The following section of this Guide provides detailed information on the criteria and funding rules applying to these actions.

What are the aims of this key action?

The actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participating organisations, on the policy systems in which such actions are framed as well as on the persons directly or indirectly involved in the organised activities.

This Key Action is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels.

At systemic level, are expected to trigger modernisation and reinforce education, training and youth systems response to the main challenges of today’s world (employment, economic stability and growth, as well as active participation in democratic life). Therefore, the impact of this Key Action is intended to be:

  • increased quality of education and training in Europe and beyond: combining higher levels of excellence and attractiveness with increased opportunities for all, including those at disadvantage;
  • education, training and youth systems that are better aligned to the needs of and opportunities offered by the labour market, and closer links to business and the community;
  • improved provision and assessment of basic and transversal skills, particularly entrepreneurship, language competences and digital skills;
  • increased synergies and links and improved transition between the different systems of education, training and youth at national level, with improved use of European reference tools for recognition, validation and transparency of competences and qualifications;
  • new and increased inter-regional and cross-border cooperation of public authorities in the fields of education, training and youth;
  • more strategic and integrated use of ICTs and open educational resources by education, training and youth systems;
  • increased motivation for language learning through innovative teaching methods and better links to practical use of language skills required by the labour market;
  • reinforced interaction between practice, research and policy in each system.

For the participating organisations, projects supported under this Key Action are intended to produce the following outcomes:

  • Innovative approaches to addressing their target groups, by providing for example: more attractive education and training programmes, in line with individuals’ needs and expectations; use of participatory approaches and ICT-based methodologies; new or improved processes of recognition and validation of competences; greater effectiveness of activities for the benefit of local communities, new or improved practices to cater for the needs of disadvantaged groups and to deal with social, linguistic and cultural diversity, the opportunity to be awarded the European Language Label for excellence in language learning or teaching;
  • a more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different fields or in other socio-economic sectors; strategic planning of professional development for staff in line with individual needs and organisational objectives.
  • increased capacity and professionalism to work at EU/international level: improved management competences and internationalisation strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries, other fields of education, training and youth and/or other socio-economic sectors; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects in the field of education, training and youth; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of EU/international projects.

Projects funded under this Key Action are also likely to have a positive impact on the persons directly or indirectly involved in the activities. Such as, for example:

  • an increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
  • an increased competence in foreign languages;
  • an increased level of digital competence
  • a greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • improved levels of skills for employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship);
  • more active participation in society;
  • a more positive attitude towards the European project and the EU values;
  • a better understanding and recognition of skills and qualifications in Europe and beyond
  • improved competences, linked to their professional profiles (teaching, training, youth work, etc.);
  • a broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training or youth across countries;
  • a greater understanding of interconnections between formal, non-formal education, vocational training, other forms of learning and labour market respectively;
  • increased opportunities for professional development;
  • increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.