In the past few years several organisations – including EU institutions and youth organisations – have voiced increasingly concerns about the quality of traineeships, many of which may not provide the expected learning and working experience needed to prepare young people for their working life and help them enter more stable employment relationships.
Following consultations of the European social partners and a public consultation on the issue in 2012, the European Commission is currently preparing an initiative which aims to improve the quality of traineeships in the EU.
In relation to the on-going impact assessment for this initiative trainees of Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion had the idea to consult their peers directly and discuss on problems encountered, characteristics of good traineeships and scope and content of future EU action.
Supported by their respective units, they hosted a dedicated trainee forum on 25 January 2013 that brought together 25 trainees from inside and outside the European institutions. The Forum combined workshops with role-play exercises and covered all aspects related to traineeships. Problems, possible solutions and compromises at EU level as well as enforcement issues were also debated.