Ministry of Education and Science, Confederation of Employers and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia are currently working on the possibility to apply for the Erasmus + program EACEA 38/2019, which offers countries the possibility to apply in 4 sections.
It is planned to apply for EU funding in the section Priority 3 -Funding mechanisms for upskilling and reskilling, including schemes similar to Individual Learning Accounts.
The purpose of the Call is to give a small group of Member States the opportunity to test the feasibility of funding mechanisms that would make funds available to adults on an equitable basis, to enable them continue their learning throughout life.
The main objective of the project is to develop a viable, modern, and effective employee training system (Skills Funds) in order to promote labor productivity, strengthen the workforce's resource capacity and provide targeted employee education, as well as practically test the developed employee training system in several project partner countries as pilot-project in order to evaluate its effectiveness and viability in different socio-economic conditions.
The main tasks of the project would be to develop framework (institutional and financial) for funding mechanism – skills funds schemes based on collective agreements at sectoral or enterprise and introduce framework in practice as experiment, it might be rather at enterprise level. According to the Call requirements the experimentation should cover such issue as cost-sharing arrangements between the State, employers and individuals which is case of skills funds (without participation of State).
In a typical experiment, a country which has developed such an instrument, in this case – Skills Funds, might coach two other countries with varying labour markets and work structures to test how the model could be transferred and adapted to their situation.
Main outcome of the project: developed framework for implementation of funding mechanism (Skills Funds) at sectoral or enterprise level based on collective agreements
In accordance with the program indicative timetable it is scheduled to start the implementation of project in the beginning of 2021 an proposed duration of the project is 24 months.
Submission of the project proposal will be divided into two stages:
- pre-proposal applications (deadline is April 21, 2020)
- full proposal applications (deadline is September 24, 2020)