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Advice to EU countries on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes

The EU is supporting Member States to develop high quality apprenticeship and traineeship programmes to:

  • make the school-to-work transition easier
  • equip young people with the right skills and experience for sustainable employment.

In this framework, it provided an advice service on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes until the end of 2014. Activities included:

Research into apprenticeship and traineeship programmes

  • Review of existing apprenticeship and traineeship programmes identifying the most successful and cost-effective approaches for young people, governments, employers and wider society
  • Guidebook summarising the findings of the review, with accompanying technical annexes and translated country fiches


  • Conference in June 2013 to exchange good practice in setting up and running apprenticeship and traineeship schemes and identify the need for assistance by the Member States.
  • Learning seminar in February 2014 to enhance knowledge on the evaluation of apprenticeship and traineeship schemes for those responsible for setting up and running schemes.
  • Awareness-raising activities organised in the Member States to bring the project closer to the businesses, educational institutions and young people.


A Helpdesk on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes to provide strategic, operational and policy advice for:

  • policy makers at national, regional and local level in the areas of youth employment, education and training policies
  • ESF Managing Authorities
  • relevant national and regional agencies
  • social partners or their members

who were planning, setting up, running or evaluating apprenticeship and traineeship schemes.

A LinkedIn group

  • to connect with high-level apprenticeship and traineeship stakeholders;
  • to share news and activities;
  • to stay on top of the latest European and national developments.

Visit and click ‘Join Group’.

The LinkedIn group continues to exist, so you can still join!


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