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:European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI)
Country:European Union
Start Year:2016

Klaus HEEGER, Secretary General




Types of organisation:Social partners

In March 2013, CESI began raising awareness among the members of its EDUC Trade Council about the launch of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. CESI was present in Riga on 2 July 2013, and it welcomed this initiative aiming to improve both the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, as well as improve their image and promote a change in attitudes. Since, it has continually followed the EAfA’s work, and has striven to reach these objectives.

CESI regularly organises meetings aiming to raise awareness among its members (national teachers’ trade unions, including in vocational training and their members) about the EAfA’s work. It is planning a seminar in Berlin on apprenticeships with 120 to 150 participants for June 2017. The EAfA’s initiative will be presented on this occasion. CESI will seize this opportunity to invite its members from the field of vocational training to join the EAfA. CESI will also raise the participants’ awareness about the smart use of European programmes, such as the European Social Fund (ESF), Erasmus for all, and calls for proposals.  Moreover, the issue of the Civil Service setting a good example in terms of the employment of apprentices will also be addressed.

In addition to the meetings and events that it organises regarding this matter, CESI aims to communicate all the information available concerning the EAfA via multiple channels (news releases, websites, Twitter, members’ newsletters).

As a trade union, CESI wants to contribute to the EAfA’s efforts by doing the following:

- monitoring the quality of apprenticeships;

- ensuring that tutors in the workplace are well trained.

- ensuring the representation of teachers ‘interests.

Short company / organisation description:

As a social partner, the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) takes part in the “Education” Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee and defends the interests of workers in the field of education alongside ETUCE.

Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image

CESI member organisations

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