As part of its support to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), Cedefop, the Thessaloniki-based European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, along with the European Commission, organised a special event on 7-8 May 2014.
The aim of the conference was to help countries find potential partners willing to cooperate in developing or modernising apprenticeship schemes.
The event gathered around 80 representatives of national governments, social partners as well as experts in apprenticeship-type schemes.
The main part of the conference focused on sharing experience and cross-country dialogue by showcasing different programmes and approaches on attractiveness, quality and governance/financing of apprenticeship.
Questions raised in the different discussion groups indicated that, at a more technical level, there is still a need for information about other countries’ apprenticeships, and VET systems in general and their specificities so as to understand communalities and differences and identify potential areas for cooperation. Some participants already built on existing contacts or made next steps to liaise with potential partners. Others benefitted from gatherings outside the formal discussions to explore areas of cooperation and find possible partners.
Resulting partnerships should pave the way for sustainable long-term exchanges. In a first phase they could also benefit from financial support recently earmarked within Erasmus+ Call for proposals EACEA 13/2014, deadline 26 June. These partnerships should involve national authorities from two or more countries and social partner organisations.