Commission adopts initiative to boost apprenticeships in Europe
Apprenticeship schemes prove to be particularly effective in bringing young people from education and training into work. Evidence shows that 60-70% of apprentices move directly into a job following their apprenticeship, and in some cases this increases to 90%. Apprenticeships provide the combination of technical, transversal and soft skills that employers are looking for.
The proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships presented by the European Commission today aims at increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices and contributing towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs.
The Commission has identified 14 key criteria that Member States and stakeholders should use to develop quality and effective apprenticeships ensuring both the development of job-related skills and the personal development of apprentices. It takes into account the diversity of vocational education and training systems across the EU and respects the Member States' competence in this area.
The proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships contributes to the EU's priority on jobs, growth and investment. It is part of the 2016 New Skills Agenda for Europe and its ambition to improve the quality and relevance of skills formation. The initiative also contributes to the realisation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which states as first principle that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. It links to the Education and Training 2020 strategic framework and it is also a follow-up to the 2016 Communication on Investing in Europe’s Youth, in which the Commission announced its intention to propose a Quality Framework for Apprenticeships.
5 October 2017