The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) launched in July 2013 is a multi-stakeholder initiative to boost the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe.
In the context of Construction 2020, the European Commission has launched a communication campaign targeted at the construction sector to attract young talent and improve the image of the sector. It also aims to encourage the construction industry to offer more and better apprenticeships.
The Commission welcomes commitments ('pledges') from contractors and their professional organisations, construction workers' trade unions and other organisations (chambers of industry, commerce and crafts, education and training providers, etc.) across the EU, as well as from EFTA and EU candidate countries.
Companies and/or organisations interested in making a pledge should complete the application form .
Pledges could address, for example:
By taking part in this campaign, your commitment becomes visible at EU level. The EAfA serves as a public platform to showcase commitments and to facilitate networking, cooperation and the sharing of good practices.
Current pledges in the construction industry include pledges from the following organisations:
|Author||Type of organisation||Country||Start year||Area of action|
|European Builders Confederation EBC||Professional bodies and networks, Businesses||Europe||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|FIEC, The European Construction Industry Federation - EFBWW, the European Federation of Building and WoodWorkers||Social partners||Europe||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|UNIEP - International Union of Painting Contractors||Businesses||Europe||2015||Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Fundación Laboral de la Construcción||Non-profit organisations, Education and training providers||Spain||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Bouwunie, Unie van het KMO bouwbedrijf||Social partners, Education and training providers||Belgium||2015||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Panhellenic Association of Engineers Contractors of Public Works (PEDMEDE)||Social partners, Chambers of Commerce/Industry/Crafts, Businesses||Greece||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH, Ausbildungszentrum der Bauindustrie Kerpen (ABZ Kerpen)||Education and training providers||Germany||2015||Mobility|
|Berufskolleg der Bauwirtschaft GmbH||Education and training providers||Germany||2015||Supply|
|Confédération Construction Bruxelles-Capitale (CCBC)||Social partners||Belgium||2015||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics – FNTP||Professional bodies and networks||France||2016||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|The Danish Construction Association||Social partners||Denmark||2016||Supply, Image|
|Franz Trippe GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
Are you ready and willing to share knowledge and experiences with small and medium-sized businesses to support the establishment of quality apprenticeships across Europe? Please express your interest by contacting the Construction 2020 team. The Commission intends to create a network of 'ambassadors' specifically for the construction industry if sufficient interest is received from stakeholders.
The contribution of combined practical work-based training and theoretical school learning to support youth employment and economic competitiveness is widely recognised. Countries with strong and attractive Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems, and notably those with well-established apprenticeship systems, tend to perform better in terms of youth employment and industrial competitiveness.
A website providing first-hand information about existing initiatives for youth in EU countries has recently been developed by the Social Partners of the construction industry: www.construction-for-youth.eu.