A Leonardo da Vinci Partnership is a framework for small-scale cooperation activities between organisations working in the field of vocational education and training (“VET”) which will be cooperating on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations. Projects can focus more on the active participation of trainees, while others will concentrate on the cooperation between teachers, trainers or VET-professionals. The cooperation may not only include VET schools or institutions but also enterprises, social partners or other VET stakeholders. They can cooperate at national, regional or local level, but also at sector level, such as within VET-fields or economic sectors.
The partnership should include partners from at least 3 participating countries. One of the partners must act as coordinator. Partnership projects aim at filling a gap in the existing Leonardo da Vinci actions, i.e. the pure mobility projects and the bigger transfer of innovation projects. Partnerships can also be used to continue to cooperate on results achieved in a previous project or be a first step towards a mobility or transfer of innovation project. Partnerships are an excellent way of enabling peer learning activities for the use of common tools as described in the Helsinki Communiqué, such as transparency, EQF, ECVET, quality assurance, excellence of skills, competences for key sectors.
Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships follow the objectives of the Leonardo da Vinci programme as set out in Article 15.1 of the Programme Decision, which reflect the general political goals of VET policy at European level. This includes the objectives linked to the Copenhagen process and the Helsinki declaration. The main priorities for VET as they have been reviewed in the Helsinki Communiqué in December 2006 set an excellent framework for Leonardo da Vinci partnerships: Improving the attractiveness and quality of VET, development and implementation of common tools for VET, strengthening mutual learning, taking all stakeholders on board.
LdV Partnership should produce an outcome or results which allow later dissemination and further application of the results of the cooperation. This can be descriptive or tangible, take the form of a common report, a conference, a CD, a tangible product as developed for / on behalf of / with the involvement of trainees, a training concept in a specific VET field, …etc.