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EaSI-PROGRESS - Awareness-raising activities on “Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults”

Launched by the European Commission, the call supports the upskilling of adults with low levels of basic skills or low qualifications by assisting public authorities in the implementation of the Council Recommendation on “Upskilling Pathways - new opportunities for adults", which aims to help adults acquire a minimum level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills and/or acquire a broader set of skills by progressing towards a higher qualification (depending on national contexts) through 'an upskilling pathway'. They may be in employment, unemployed or economically inactive, with a need to strengthen basic skills.

An 'upskilling pathway' is a progression through three steps, along with outreach, guidance and support measures:
- a skills assessment to identify existing skills and any needs for upskilling;
- a tailored learning offer of education and training meeting the needs identified by the skills assessment;
- validation and recognition of the newly acquired skills, which may be the first step towards a new qualification.

Specific objectives
A) Help Member States to prepare the ground for the implementation of the Council Recommendation on “Upskilling Pathways”;
B) Help Member States foster sustainable arrangements for the implementation of the Council Recommendation on “Upskilling Pathways”.​

Eligible activities should 
- prepare the ground for the implementation of "Upskilling Pathways" (e.g. by taking stock of existing provision and identifying any gaps, by identifying priority groups, etc.)
- foster sustainable arrangements for its implementation (e.g. by supporting stakeholders to disseminate information, by capacity building, etc.).
- actions must be carried out in one or more eligible participating EaSI countries.

Who can apply
Applicants (sole applicant or lead applicant in case of consortium) must be public entities in charge of national or regional policies and actions for upskilling adults. 
Co-applicants can be public or private entities (profit-making or non-profit making) involved in the organisation, financing or provision of services such as skills assessment, validation, education and training, guidance targeted to adults.
They should be legally established and registered in the following countries: EU Member States, Iceland and Norway in accordance with the EEA Agreement, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. 
In the case of consortia, to be eligible, applications must be submitted by a regional, national or transnational consortium composed of one lead applicant and one or more co-applicants (affiliated entities and associate organisations are also eligible) established in eligible participating EaSI countries. Several applicants within the same region or country can join a transnational consortium.

Budget and time of activities
The total budget is €1 000 000 (minimum grant request: €250 000; maximum co-financing rate: 80%). It is estimated that a maximum of four projects could be supported.
Actions should start in late 2017 or early 2018.

Deadline: 30 June 2017.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2pDXK6d

For further support please contact: empl-vp-2017-011@ec.europa.eu
For technical problems please contact: empl-swim-support@ec.europa.eu 


European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

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