The Alliance will seek to change attitudes towards apprenticeships and will identify the most successful schemes across the EU.
More than one million young people are out of work in the UK. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 19% of those who left school at 16 are now unemployed and many cannot get jobs because they are unskilled.
On the other hand, countries with strong vocational education and training systems - like Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Austria – tend to have lower youth unemployment. The most recent Commission analysis on this – The European Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review – indicates that apprenticeships and traineeships are often a stepping stone to a permanent job.
Under this Alliance the European Commission has committed among other things to ensure the best use of EU funds and to explore including apprenticeships in the EURES network.