What about CoVEs?

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in the European Union

The European Commission has launched an initiative to establish transnational Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) with the support of the Erasmus+ programme. CoVEs aim to drive innovation and excellence in vocational education and training, by bringing together a wide range of local, regional and national partners from different countries such as:

  • VET providers (at both secondary and tertiary levels)
  • Employers
  • Chambers
  • Research centres
  • Development agencies
  • Employment services
  • National and Regional Authorities
  • Social enterprises
  • Social partners etc.

Αn initiative of the European Union with the aim of transforming education and bringing it closer to the labor market

Erasmus Plus Timetable


Erasmus Plus Timetable

The objective behind that is to co-create “skills ecosystems” that contribute to regional economic and social development, innovation, and smart specialisation strategies acting as knowledge and innovation hubs for companies and particularly SMEs, bridging the gap between education and industry.

Changing Occupational Structure of Employment in EU28+3 associate countries, numbers in employment; 2016 and 2030 compared


(JRC SCIENCE FOR POLICY REPORT. SKILLS AND SMART SPECIALISATION. The role of Vocational Education and Training in Smart Specialisation Strategies)

The types of CoVEs that exists vary. Each CoVE and each CoVE network is unique, reflecting specific factors. CoVEs have the freedom to adapt to local, regional and sectoral needs in terms of structures, stakeholders and activities, with the aim of increasing VET’s responsiveness, so each one offers a uniquely adoptive tailored mix of activities.

The Platforms for CoVEs initiative introduces a European dimension to vocational excellence by supporting the development of CoVEs, operating at two levels:

National: linking CoVEs closely to local innovation ecosystems, and connecting them at European level

International: establish major hubs through Platforms of CoVEs for vocational training, by bringing together centres that share a common interest in specific sectors or trades, or innovative approaches to tackle specific societal challenges.

But why does CoVEs succeed?


Key Success Factors Transparent


CoVEs that are “purpose built” entities as part of a national or regional structures might offer more advantages than individual organisations functioning as CoVEs. That is because they are being closely linked to regional development, innovation and smart specialisation strategies which:

  • gives CoVEs common priorities and national sector coverage
  • offering CoVEs networking and sharing opportunities
  • providing CoVEs with an extra tier of capacity.

Advantages of individual organisations functioning as CoVE’s for a region / sub-region or a sector include:

  • being able to meet local and regional sectoral needs, in addition to national priorities
  • having potential for social issues to be more prominent.

The most ‘advanced’ CoVEs are making an active contribution to the generation of new knowledge.



Go to the European Commission official page to find out more about CoVEs!