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EU funding on skills relevant for the defence sector

Investing in people and their skills is one of the EU’s top priorities. The total EU investment on skills proposed for 2021-2028 is €146 billion.

 

A variety of EU funds relevant for the defence sector are available to support activities aimed at developing skills at all levels.

 

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND+

Will support better market relevance of education and training systems in Member States and regions, lifelong learning and flexible upskilling and reskilling pathways, including apprenticeships and dual education.

Can support the development of education and training programmes for workers in specific sectors

Examples

EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (ERDF)

Helps Member States develop skills for the implementation of smart specialisation strategies, build learning facilities, improve the safety and accessibility of such facilities and provide them with modern

equipment, and support the development of ecosystems (e.g. cybersecurity ecosystem in Bretagne with both civ/mil dimension)

 

Examples

MARIE CURIE ACTIONS

Fund cross-border mobility – inside or outside academia – and skills development of researchers

 

Actions include:

  • Networks for doctoral candidates
  • Post-doctoral fellowships
  • Staff exchanges
  • Programmes creating synergies at regional, national and international level
  • Science festivals across Europe

Examples

SECTOR SKILLS ALLIANCES

Tackle skills gaps and ensure better alignment of vocational and

educational training (VET) with labour markets

Examples

KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCES

Foster innovation in and through higher education together with businesses, and beyond, contributing to new approaches to teaching

and learning, entrepreneurship in education, and the modernisation of higher education systems

ErasmusPRO

Supports long-duration work placements of apprentices abroad. Helps

companies and organisations access foreign skills and know-how and improve their overall performance, in particular SMEs, boost individual skills, enhance cooperation between companies and VET institutions

INTERREG

Supports cooperation across borders to jointly tackle common

challenges and find shared solutions among other in in education & training, employment and mobility.

CENTRES OF VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Will build skills ecosystems for innovation, regional development and social cohesion to tackle skills gaps challenges

 

Will boost opportunities for the mobility of VET learners and staff by establishing long-term sustainable cooperation platforms among training providers and companies, in particular SMEs

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Support innovation in a sector and join initiatives to promote

cooperation, peer-learning, and the exchange of experiences

SINGLE MARKET PROGRAMME

Will promote skills development and innovation to make European

industry, in particular SMEs, more competitive

DIGITAL EUROPE

Will reinforce Europe’s capacities in digital technology by supporting the design and delivery of specific courses to boost digital skills for

students, IT professionals, but also targeted training opportunities for entrepreneurs, SMEs and the workforce, as well as on-the-job training and traineeships for students, young entrepreneurs and graduates

InvestEU

The ”Social Investment & Skills Window” will attract public, private and

individual investments in skills development of individuals with the support of the European Investment Bank

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES

Will support transnational alliances that will become universities of the

future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of higher education

HORIZON EUROPE

Main EU research and innovation programme succeeding Horizon 2020. Includes calls with skills dimension

Examples

 

 

Apprenticeships are mainly funded by ErasmusPRO, ESF, Interreg, Digital Europe and Marie Curie Actions.

 

Main programmes with gender dimension are ESF, ERDF and InvestEU. 

 

 

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