Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship

Country: The Netherlands


Economic Sectors: diverse sectors (for example: Technical chemistry, automotive, health care, agriculture)


Theme: Delivery of WBL, Partnership, Governance


Educational field and level: Vocational education and training, Higher Education


Target groups: Management (Education and Training), Management in the Workplace



Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship are based on close cooperation between VET providers, higher education institutions, companies and public authorities and provide a sector-led approach to trainingsprovision that is tailored to meet labour market needs. 

Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship (Centra voor Innovatief Vakmanschap), or CICs, were established in 2011 as part of a pilot project centred on sector-led training initiatives able to support talented learners in progressing to a programme of tertiary (higher) education. Centres were initially established in the field of new technologies, responding to a confirmed of skilled workers. The number of centres continues to grow, however, and now extends to a range of different sectors including healthcare, life sciences, agriculture and design. CICs provide work-based learning to students in upper-secondary VET programmes and in tertiary-level alternance programmes, the latter balancing both theoretical and practical training input. In this respect, there are two kinds of centre, namely: Centres for Innovative Craftsmanship (recognised as a part of regular VET provision) and Centres for Expertise (a part of the Higher Education sector) with learners able to ultimately move on from VET to HE. In the first two years of the programme, learners spend around one-third of their time in work-based training. During the third and final year, work-based training can represent up to 90% of the course. Training can conducted at specific education and training institutes, at research centres on onsite within the premises of the participating employer. The initiative is based on public-private partnerships involving VET institutions, enterprises (SMEs) and public bodies with overall coordination undertaken the National Platform for Science and Technology (Platform Bèta Techniek).


Success factors for WBL


One of the main success factors of this initiative is the governance and delivery model, with centres formed by public-private partnerships and with financing divided over central government (50%), companies, educational institutions and local public authorities. Another positive factor is the sector-based approach that sits at the heart of the initiative, with sectoral training partnerships ensuring the required training provision that is well aligned with the needs of the future labour market.



Further reading


Website of the initiative: http://www.publiekprivaatsamenwerken.nl/home


Website of  the National Platform Science & Technology (Platform Bèta Techniek) https://www.platformbetatechniek.nl/


Audit report: Platform Bèta Techniek (2014): Auditreportage 2014. Bijlage 3 Public-private partnerships, in: Dutch vocational education and training: Learning, monitoring and governance. https://www.platformbetatechniek.nl/media/files/publicaties/Bijlage3-Public-privatepartnerships-WEB.pdf


Examples of good practice can be found here (in Dutch): http://www.publiekprivaatsamenwerken.nl/good-practices


What to expect?

In this section, we provide a small series of Case Examples, providing additional practice-based insight into the management, development and delivery of WBL.

Local Contact
Austria (AT)

OeAD – OeAD (Österreichische Austauschdienst) GmbH

Ebendorferstraße 7

1010, Wien


Tel: 0043 1 53408605

Web: www.erasmusplus.at

eMail: erasmusplus@oead.at

Belgium (BE01)


Chaussée de Charleroi 111

1060, Bruxelles


Tel: 0032 2 542 62 78

Web: www.aef-europe.be

eMail: aef@aef-europe.be

Belgium (BE02)

EPOS vzw

Koning Albert II-laan 15

1210, Brussel


Tel: 0032 2 553 97 31

Web: www.epos-vlaanderen.be

eMail: info@epos-vlaanderen.be

Croatia (HR)

Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes Agencija za mobilnost i programme Euopske unije (AMPEU)

Frankopanska 26

10 000, Zagreb


Tel: 00385 1 5005 635

Web: www.mobilnost.hr

eMail: info@mobilnost.hr

Czech Republic (CZ)

Dům zahraniční spolupráce (DZS)

Centre for International Cooperation in Education

Na Poříčí 1035/4

110 00, Praha

Czech Republic

Tel: 00420 221 850 100

Web: www.dzs.cz

eMail: info@dzs.cz

Denmark (DK)

Danish Agency for Higher Education

Bredgade 43

1260, Copenhagen


Tel: 0045 72317800

Web: www.fivu.dk

eMail: uds@uds.dk

Estonia (EE)

Foundation Archimedes

Koidula 13A

10125, Tallin


Tel: 00372 6979 411

Web: adm.archimedes.ee/erasmusplus/

eMail: erasmuspluss@archimedes.ee

Finland (FI)

CIMO Centre for International Mobility

Hakaniemenranta 6, B.P. 343

00531, Helsinki


Tel: 00358 295 338 500

Web: www.cimo.fi

eMail: see http://www.cimo.fi/contact_us

France (FR)

Agence Erasmus+ France/Education Formation

24-25 quai des Chartrons

33080, Bordeaux CEDEX


Tel: 0033 5 56 00 94 00

Web: www.agence-erasmus.fr

eMail: contact@agence-erasmus.fr

Germany (DE)

Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung

Robert-Schuman-Platz 3

53175 Bonn


Tel: 0049 228 107 1608

Web: www.na-bibb.de

eMail: na@bibb.de

Greece (GR)

Greek State Scholarship's Foundation (IKY)

41, Ethnikis Antistaseos Avenue

14234, Athens


Tel: 0030 210 3726300

Web: www.iky.gr/erasmus-plus

eMail: erasmusplus@iky.gr

Hungary (HU)

Tempus Public Foundation

Lónyay utca 31

1093, Budapest


Tel: 0036 1 237 1300

Web: www.tpf.hu

eMail: info@tpf.hu

Iceland (IS)

Landskrifstofa Menntaáætlunar Evrópusambandsins

National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme

Dunhaga 5

107, Reykjavik


Tel: 00354 5155800

Web: www.rannis.is

eMail: lme@rannis.is

Ireland (IE)

Léargas the Exchange Bureau

Fitzwilliam Court, Leeson Close, Dublin 2

D1, Dublin


Tel: 00353 1 8871200

Web: www.leargas.ie

eMail: info@leargas.ie

Italy (IT01)

Agenzia Nazionale - Erasmus+ - ISFOL

Corso d'Italia 33

00198, Roma


Tel: 0039 06 85 447808

Web: www.isfol.it

eMail: erasmusplus@isfol.it

Italy (IT02)

Agenzia Nazionale Erasmus+ - INDIRE

Via Cesare Lombroso 6/15

50134, Firenze


Tel: 0039 055 238 03 48

Web: www.indire.it

eMail: erasmusplus@indire.it

Lithuania (LT)

Education Exchanges Support Foundation

Gelezinio Vilko str. 12

01112, Vilnius


Tel: 00370 5 261 0592

Web: www.smpf.lt

eMail: info@smpf.lt

Luxembourg (LU)

Anefore asbl

58, Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte

L - 1330 Luxembourg


Tel: 00352 247 85284

Web: www.anefore.lu

eMail: info@anefore.lu

Norway (NO)

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)

Vaskerelven 39

5014, Bergen


Tel: 0047 55 30 38 00

Web: www.siu.no

eMail: siu@siu.no

Poland (PL)

Foundation for the Development of the Education System

ul. Mokotowska 43

00-551, Warszawa


Tel: 0048 22 46 31 000

Web: www.erasmusplus.org.pl

eMail: kontakt@erasmusplus.org.pl

Portugal (PT)

Agência Nacional para a Gestão do Programa Erasmus + - Educação e Formação

Praça de Alvalade, 12

1749-070, Lisboa


Tel: 0035 21 01 01 900

Web: www.erasmusmais.pt

eMail: agencianacional@erasmusmais.pt

Romania (RO)

Agentia Nationala pentru Programe Comunitare in Domeniul Educatiei si Formarii Profesionale

133, Calea Serban Voda, 3rd Floor, 4th District

040205, Bucharest


Tel: 0040 212010700

Web: www.anpcdefp.ro

eMail: agentie@anpcdefp.ro

Slovakia (SK)

Slovenská akademická asociácia pre medzinárodnú spoluprácu

Svoradova 1

SK-811 03, Bratislava


Tel: 00421 2 20922201

Web: www.saaic.sk

eMail: erasmusplus@saaic.sk

Slovenia (SI)

CMEPIUS “Center Republike Slovenije za mobilnost in evropske programe izobraževanja in usposabljanja”

Ob železnici 30a

1000, Ljubljana


Tel: 00386 1 620 94 50

Web: www.cmepius.si

eMail: info@cmepius.si

Spain (ES)

Servicio Español para la Internacionalización de la Educación (SEPIE)

Calle Gustavo Fernández de Balbuena, 13

28002, Madrid


Tel: 0034 91 550 67 18

Web: www.oapee.es/oapee/intro.html

eMail: secretaria@oapee.es

Sweden (SE)

Swedish Council for Higher Education

Wallingatan 2

104 30, Stockholm


Tel: 0046 10 4700300

Web: www.uhr.se

eMail: registrator@uhr.se

Switzerland (CH)

Ch Foundation for Federal Cooperation (CH)

Dornacherstraße 28 A,  P.O. Box 246

4501 Solothurn


Tel: 0041 32 34618 18

Web: www.ch-go.ch

eMail: info@chstiftung.ch

The Netherlands (NL)


Stationsplein 14

5211 AP ’s-Hertogenbosch

The Nederlands

Tel: 0031 73 6800800

Web: www.cinop.nl

eMail: erasmusplus@cinop.nl

Turkey (TR)


Mevlana Bulvari N°181, Balgat

06520, Ankara


Tel: 0090 409 60 00

Web: www.ua.gov.tr

eMail: bilgi@ua.gov.tr

Co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union