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:Institute for Training, Employment and Mobile Learning - IFOM
Country:European Union, Italy
Start Year:2016

Barbara Bruno





Types of organisation:Education and training providers

IFOM pledges to boost the supply of work-based transnational learning opportunities.  In particular IFOM undertakes to support at least 500 vocational students and apprentices per year to undergo a work-based experience abroad.

IFOM will concretely support and motivate education and labour market representatives to engage and increase the supply of work-based learning opportunities especially apprenticeships.

Key activities are:

  • to mobilize and bring together VET providers in consortiums in order to share their capacity and enable them to increase the supply of work-based opportunities for their learners especially on a transnational and mobile perspective;
  • to inform, foster and support employers, especially SMEs, to receive apprentices and vocational students for work based period acting as intermediary and facilitating organizations.
Short company / organisation description:

IFOM (Institute for Training, Employment and Mobile learning) is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) centre that strongly believes in and fosters work-based learning, mobile learning, apprenticeships and vocational trainings schemes both at local and European level.

IFOM aims to foster quality improvements and excellence in education and training, focusing especially on those that have less chance to find a job. IFOM uses training and mobility as tools to foster employability and reduce the skills gap between education and the labour market.

IFOM is active both, at national and at international level where it cooperates with like-minded organizations to foster youth employability and to improve the quality of education and training through developing innovative learning paths and methods and through implementing learning mobility schemes.

IFOM main activity is to provide VET opportunities both to young people and professionals especially teachers and trainers.

IFOM establishes apprenticeships and traineeships schemes focusing especially on vocational students, apprentices and young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). IFOM organises high-quality and tailored work experience for its students, for the students of fellow Italian and European institutions and for NEETs.

IFOM designs and organises in-service training courses and structured training events for teachers and trainers in order to support the educational staff to improve their competences and the quality of education provided by acquiring transversal skills and specific knowledge on innovative teaching methods and practices.

IFOM runs entrepreneurship education projects with specific focus on social entrepreneurship. IFOM is a cooperative and it’s associated to LegaCoop (National Cooperatives and Mutual societies Union) that is the biggest and oldest Cooperatives’ federation.
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Mobility
Partners:IFOM will engage in the initiative the following partners:  vocational education and training centres, schools, SMEs, large companies, employers’ organizations, public authorities.

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