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Apprenticeships for the construction industry of tomorrow

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 formdoc Choose translations of the previous link .

Pledges could address, for example:

  • increasing the number and quality of apprenticeship places in the construction sector
  • introducing elements of training in companies, construction training centres and/or schools that have not previously taken part in such schemes
  • strengthening specific training in the construction sector, such as for energy efficiency, resource efficiency or digital economy
  • transferring apprenticeship schemes which have proven their success in a country/region to another country/region where no such scheme is being used
  • improving existing apprenticeship models, both general schemes practiced in a country/region and specific schemes in individual companies, to increase the quality, efficiency and visibility of such apprenticeship training models.

What's in it for your organisation?

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:

AuthorType of organisationCountryStart yearArea of action
European Builders Confederation EBCProfessional bodies and networks, BusinessesEurope2015Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility
FIEC, The European Construction Industry Federation - EFBWW, the European Federation of Building and WoodWorkersSocial partnersEurope2015Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility
UNIEP - International Union of Painting ContractorsBusinessesEurope2015Quality, Image, Mobility
Fundación Laboral de la ConstrucciónNon-profit organisations, Education and training providersSpain2015Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility
Bouwunie, Unie van het KMO bouwbedrijfSocial partners, Education and training providersBelgium2015Supply, Quality, Image
Panhellenic Association of Engineers Contractors of Public Works (PEDMEDE)Social partners, Chambers of Commerce/Industry/Crafts, BusinessesGreece2015Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility
Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH, Ausbildungszentrum der Bauindustrie Kerpen (ABZ Kerpen)Education and training providersGermany2015Mobility
Berufskolleg der Bauwirtschaft GmbHEducation and training providersGermany2015Supply
Confédération Construction Bruxelles-Capitale (CCBC)Social partnersBelgium2015Supply, Quality, Image
Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics – FNTPProfessional bodies and networksFrance2016Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility
The Danish Construction AssociationSocial partnersDenmark2016Supply, Image
Franz Trippe GmbHBusinessesGermany2016Supply, Quality

Good practice to share?

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.

Further information

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: