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Joining forces on apprenticeships

On 18 October, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships gathered in Brussels to discuss ways to improve and expand high quality apprenticeships across Europe.

 

Apprenticeships ease the transition of young people into jobs, providing the skills which employers need, and are seen as one of the keys to bringing down youth unemployment in Europe. The European Alliance for Apprenticeships initiative was launched in July as a way to mobilise stakeholders in the education, training and employment sectors to strengthen the supply, the quality and the image of apprenticeships across Europe.

Are you interested in contributing? There are many ways to get involved. So far, around 40 stakeholders, including social partners, chambers, education and training providers, businesses and youth organisations, have joined the Alliance. Many of them signed pledges with concrete commitments to take action and join up with relevant partners. Others are acting as 'Ambassadors' by contributing their experience of running apprenticeships in the business sector.

During the Education, Training and Youth Forum in Brussels, these pledgers and Ambassadors met to share experiences and discuss the way forward. Last week, EU Member States also signed a Council Declaration on the European Alliance for Apprenticeshipspdf and are now expected to lay out their concrete plans through pledges.

Do you want to make a pledge or become an Ambassador for apprenticeships? Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou calls on all stakeholders to join the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and contribute to more and better apprenticeships in Europe. Visit our website for more information.