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:Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö OAJ
Start Year:2015

Olli Luukkainen, President

Inkeri Toikka, Special Advisor

Tuovi Manninen, Special Advisor





Types of organisation:Social partners

Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö OAJ (Trade Union of Education in Finland) represents around 120,400 teachers and educational employees in all grades of education including 21,000 VET teachers, trainers and educational support staff in Finland. OAJ is a member of ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education).

OAJ fully support the objectives of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship. We are also supporting ETUCE actions and policies to improve apprenticeship and work-based learning of VET students.

In line with the objectives of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship , the trade union will work on, in particular by social dialogue with national policy makers and employers, to:

Ensuring the preconditions of apprenticeship and work-based training is included explicitly in the law on vocational education. VET education has to be under authority of  the Ministry of Education and Culture;
Achieving good quality of apprenticeship and work-based learning which provides appropriate practical knowledge, skills and competences to the students at the work place and abilities for life-long learning;

Improving quality of teaching and training in VET, apprenticeship and work-based

Improving initial and continuous professional training of VET teachers of VET schools. Qualifications of VET teachers must be on high level;
Providing appropriate time for discussion between teachers, trainers and students in VET schools and work places to ensure that the students receive instruction, guidance and a genuine eligibility for present and further studies and employability;
Ensuring continuation of the use of the “Apprenticeship Training Agreement” to ensure fixed-term employment contract between employers and students;
Ensuring that apprenticeship is based on individual study program, which has been compiled according to the national core curriculum. Different apprenticeship periods should produce a coherent entity of the learning and be part of a coherent curriculum;
Ensuring that the final assessment of the apprentice involves teachers, trainers and the company;

Ensuring that the provision of financial resources to companies or to schools means full responsibility for the students.

Area of action: Quality

Finnish VET students, VET teachers and trainers.

National Commitments:Do also have a look at the national commitment of your country

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