The Alliance will promote peer-learning, knowledge transfer and partnerships on reforming VET systems, and introducing more work-based learning.
Vocational education and training (VET) systems are organised in a number of different ways across the EU (see: Apprenticeship supply in the Member States [5 MB] ). There is no one-size-fits all model, but systems with quality work-based learning appear to ease the transition from studies to work.
Many countries are undergoing reforms of their education and training systems, to introduce/reinforce stronger work-based learning elements and apprenticeship type systems. The European Alliance for Apprenticeships supports this reform process through:
The Lithuanian Presidency of the Council has brokered a Council Declaration on actions by the Member States, who are also invited by the Commission to in-depth cooperation and transfer of knowledge on work-based learning and apprenticeship schemes through Open Method of Coordination in education and training.
There are also a number of agreements on bilateral cooperation: As an example, Germany is working with six other EU countries (Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain) on VET reform. Also, Romania is working with Austria, Germany and Finland to set up an apprenticeship pathway embedded in the existing initial VET-system.
Other forms of bilateral cooperation at all governance levels exist and are encouraged. For instance, a number of bilateral agreements between chambers of commerce, industry and crafts have been established.
The Alliance promotes national partnerships between all relevant stakeholders such as: Public authorities in education and employment, business, social partners, chambers, VET providers, employment offices, organisations for youth and students, and EU funds managing authorities.
The Commission is funding a consultancy service/helpdesk to provide strategic, operational and policy advice on apprenticeship reforms.