The KCF grant support programme is intended to strengthen cooperative training and thereby to increase the quality and employment-relevance of vocational training measures. For this purpose, the KCF supports the establishment of consortia between schools and enterprises for the implementation of cooperative training programmes through MoU. To be eligible, project partners must be prepared to engage in joint training activities with the aim of qualifying trainees based on qualifications and/or occupational standards that correspond to the demand of the labour market.
Consortia should be formed from public or private (including non-profit) vocational training institutes which offer state-recognised (“accredited”) vocational training programmes leading to officially recognised qualifications that are in accordance with the regulations of national qualifications authorities, or the equivalent, and cooperating enterprises (including SMEs).
Recipients of KCF financial support are VTIs as lead partners of a cooperative training consortium. Direct financial support to partnering enterprises cannot be obtained as part of KCF funding.
It is expected that the VET consortia will co-finance the cooperation training projects by making a matching contribution of at least 10% of total requested funding. The contribution may be provided financially and/or in-kind to the coverage of operational costs and/or investment costs by the vocational training institutes and/or enterprises or jointly.
Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs)
availability of adequate training facilities at VET schools. Suitable training workshops, the availability of relevant equipment and machinery, and the regular use of such facilities by teachers and trainees in the schools ensure that skills gained during the practical in-company learning contribute to the overall learning objectives. The goal of the KCF is to enable such investments, in the form of new procurements, construction or renovation work, and in this way strengthen the practical aspects of training courses. As a result, the added valued of the trainees for partner enterprises will increase and improve their employability in the local labour market. Although not a precondition, project proposals which foresee the introduction of new technologies are strongly encouraged by the KCF. Furthermore, the project application is expected to comply with the following criteria: