Apprenticeships combine vocational education and training in school and in a company and lead to a nationally recognised qualification. The Alliance aims to increase the quality and supply of apprenticeships across Europe and to change mind-sets towards this type of learning.
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships brings together public authorities, business and social partners, VET providers, youth representatives and other key actors such as chambers in order to coordinate and upscale different initiatives for successful apprenticeship type schemes. There are three strands of action:
Apprenticeships and work-based learning appear to ease the transition from education and training to work. Boosting the quality and supply of apprenticeships is therefore one of the EU policy initiatives to address the unprecedented levels of youth unemployment. The Alliance will also support delivery on one of four options in the Youth Guarantee.
The Alliance relies on the active engagement of all stakeholders. The European Commission can kick-start the process and facilitate interactions, monitor developments and provide some financial support, but it cannot drive the Alliance alone.
Member States agreed in the European Council in January 2012 on increasing substantially the number of apprenticeships, and in October 2013 they adopted a Council Declaration on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, emphasising the role of high-quality apprenticeship schemes in combating youth unemployment.
Other key stakeholders with concrete contributions to the Alliance are the European Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP), Eurochambres, individual businesses and the European Round Table of Industrialists. Cedefop will provide administrative, monitoring and analytical support, while ETF will promote the principles of the Alliance in partner countries.
Businesses, social partners, chambers of commerce and industry and crafts, VET providers, sectoral associations.
Private sector network of Ambassadors
Apprentices and businesses
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The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is jointly coordinated by DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
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