Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:FNE National Federation of Education (Portugal)
Start Year:2015

João Dias da Silva, General Secretary

Joaquim Santos
Types of organisation:Social partners

In line with the objectives of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and the implementation of the Etuce Policy paper on maintaining and improving quality education in VET, FNE will work:

  • To advocate the necessity to provide all VET students with the possibility of practical learning in companies which should lead to employment.
  • To promote the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and raise awareness among policy makers, companies, VET providers and VET schools and above all among  the VET teachers and trainers about the importance of work-based learning.
  • To increase working conditions during apprenticeships for both apprentices and teachers and trainers to achieve optimal quality of training in the workplaces.
  • To ensure fair pay and social rights in apprenticeship.
  • To contribute to improve the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU.
  • To change mind-sets towards apprenticeship-type learning.


  • To get in contact with Portuguese enterprises to provide apprenticeship places to VET students.
  • To improve social dialogue in vet education.
  • To ensure a better permeability between general education to dual VET, and from dual VET to further education / tertiary education.
  • Reviewing an existing apprenticeship model in the company in order to explore how the quantity, quality, efficiency or visibility of this training could be increased.
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image

Portuguese students, teachers, parents, VET teachers and trainers, employers, companies, ministries, regional and local authorities and wider stakeholders.

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