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:Civil Service Learning
Country:United Kingdom
Start Year:2017

Jake McClure, Head of Apprenticeships



Types of organisation:Professional bodies and networks

Apprenticeships are a crucial way to develop the skills required by employers and to provide people, from all backgrounds, with the opportunity to obtain both job-specific and transferable skills, contributing to their achievement in the workplace. The EAFA promotes this in across Europe and with skills being very much a global issue, we very much want to contribute and learn from the work being done across Europe.

To lead development and delivery of infrastructure and incentives to create 3m new apprenticeship roles in the UK and 40,000 in the Civil Service, working across 30 separate and autonomous government departments to ensure the target is met.
The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be protected in law. This will strengthen their reputation, help working people and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The UK government will also enshrine in law its commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Short company / organisation description:

Department of UK Government responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and the effective running of government. Corporate HQ for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and lead for critical policy areas which includes workforce reform and apprenticeships.


Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Area of action: Mobility
Partners:Government, Training Providers, Higher Education Institutions, Awarding Organisations, End Assessment Organisations, National Careers Service, Employers, Trade Unions, Professional Bodies

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