The Commission has selected 295 projects from 31 countries to receive Leonardo da Vinci grants to support innovative pilot projects linking vocational education and training.
The 295 projects will directly contribute to the development of a well-functioning European labour market, with transparent and transferable vocational qualifications, and to the improvement of vocational training systems and practices throughout Europe, says the Commission in a press release.
Less qualified workers are one of the target groups for developing appropriate training/learning materials to improve skills in the current batch or projects. Upgrading skills is a key priority for the UK presidency of the EU (see EURACTIV 19 July).
The 2006 selection round will be the last in the current phase of the Leonardo da Vinci programme, which is due to end in 2006. From then on, vocational training activities will continue to be supported under the new Integrated Action Programme in the field of lifelong learning (2007-2013) that has been proposed by the Commission.
In a separate development, the Commission has started infringement proceedings against Spain and France with regard to the mutual recognition of professional qualifications.