What is it?
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), jointly coordinated by DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, aims to bring together public authorities, businesses, social partners, VET providers, youth representatives, and other key actors in order to promote apprenticeship schemes and initiatives across Europe. Although managed by the European Commission, the success of the initiative lies with the commitment of its partners, notably through the network of ambassadors and pledges.
Why is it needed?
Apprenticeships and work-based learning ease the transition from education and training to work, and evidence suggests that countries with a strong VET and apprenticeship system have lower levels of youth unemployment than countries without such systems. EAfA, in boosting the quality and supply of apprenticeships, intends to promote youth employment, supporting the aims of the Youth Guarantee, while simultaneously reducing the disparity between skills and labour demand.
What are the benefits?
Companies that engage apprentices are likely to benefit from a net profit on their investment, either during the apprenticeship or soon after by employing a fully trained worker. At the same time, VET students and apprentices will be able to learn valuable workplace skills in a professional environment, ensuring a greater degree of future employability. In the long run, such schemes are likely to contribute to increased tax revenue, less welfare payments, and great levels of social inclusion for all.
What has been done so far?
EAfA, in addition to establishing the Ambassador and Pledge schemes, has also supported the establishment of bilateral and national agreements, initiatives, and cooperation mechanisms, supported the reform of apprenticeship systems, and raised awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships, as well as contributing to the policy environment through studies and dialogue.
EAfA welcomes commitments and pledges by organisations across Europe willing to contribute to strengthening access to, the supply of, and/or the quality of apprenticeships. Organisations interested in making a pledge should complete the Pledge application form(38 kB)
and return it to the EAfA at: email@example.com.
Our current commitments and pledges include:
The Ambassadors are a network of business professionals ready and willing to share knowledge and experiences with small and medium sized business (SMEs) to support the establishment of quality apprenticeships across Europe.
To become an Ambassador, please complete the application form(41 kB)
and return it to EAfA. To contact an Ambassador, please fill in the request form(43 kB)
and return it to EAfA.
The list of ambassadors is available here:
|Aequor||Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Industry, Natural Environment||Netherlands||Dutch, English and German||I, II, III
|Apprenticeships 4 England||Across sectors||United Kingdom||English||I, II, III
|Deutsche Telekom||ICT - Technology||Germany||English and German||I, II
|Employment Pathways Community Interest Company||All sectors||England and Wales||English||I, II, III
|GI Group||Employment and recruitment, Retail and large-scale distribution, Metal industry, Manufacturing||Italy, United Kingdom||Italian and English||I, II, III
|KONE||Elevator industry||Italy||Italian and English||I, II
|Nestlé||Food industry: manufacturing, administration, sales, marketing, finance, engineering, research and development||All EU Member States, EFTA countries & EU candidate countries||All common EU languages||I
|Philips||Metal, Processing and Manufacturing Industry||Netherlands||Dutch, English||I, II
|ProActive Training & Skills Services Ltd||Arts, Digital & Creative Media, Hospitality & Catering, Publishing||United Kingdom (Belgium, Netherlands)||English||I, II, III
|REPSOL||ENERGY||Spain||Spanish and English||I
|SAP||IT Industry||Germany, Switzerland||German, English||II
|Siemens||Energy efficiency, Industrial productivity, Intelligent infrastructures, Healthcare||Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary, Portugal, Germany||Many EU languages||I, II, III
|Skills CFA||Business Administration, Human resources, Management||United Kingdom, France, Germany||English, German||I, II, III
|Sonae||Retail||Portugal||Portuguese, English||II, III
|Telecom Italia||Telecommunications||Italy||Italian and English||I, II
Levels of involvement. Level 1 refers to promotion, speeches and interviews. Level 2 refers to expert advice by email, phone or in the office. Level 3 refers to project advice in developing new apprenticeship programmes.
The Commission is not responsible for the work of the Ambassadors.
How is it funded?
The aims of EAFA are supported through a variety of EU finding mechanisms, resources and networks: