The Leonardo da Vinci sectoral programme focuses on raising the quality and relevance of vocational education and training (VET), and provides an opportunity for institutions involved in VET to build European partnerships, exchange good practice, increase the expertise of their staff and develop the skills of learners. The programme is open to the entire spectrum of subjects covered by VET.
The aim of the Leonardo da Vinci programme is to contribute through lifelong learning to the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge society, with sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. It aims to foster interaction, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community, so that they become a world quality reference.
The Leonardo da Vinci sectoral programme addresses 3 main objectives:
To support participants in training;
To support improvement in quality and innovation; and
Enhance vocational education and training (V.E.T.) and mobility.
Proposals may be submitted by private, public or semi-public organisations and institutions involved in vocational training (i.e. private individuals may not submit proposals). Potential applicants may be either:
Establishments or training institutions, including universities, which, in accordance with national laws and/or practices, design or undertake vocational training, further vocational training, refresher vocational training or retraining, irrespective of what they may be called in the participating countries;
Research centres and organisations responsible for vocational training surveys and analyses;
Undertakings, particularly SMEs, and the craft trade sector, or private or public firms, including businesses active in the vocational training field;
Professional organistions, including chambers of commerce etc;
The social partners;
Local and regional bodies and organizations;
Non-profit associations, voluntary organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).