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:Teachers’ Union of Ireland - TUI
Start Year:2017

Dr. Aidan Kenny Assistant General Secretary



Types of organisation:Social partners

TUI is committed to promoting the quality apprenticeship agenda in Ireland and Europe by:

• exploring quality assurance and learning outcomes in apprenticeship education and training,

• engaging in best practice for work-based learning including assessment,

• encouraging the mobility of apprentices and their teacher/trainers within Europe and

• participating in knowledge sharing and co-operation with education and training providers, social partners, national agencies, European bodies and employers.

TUI will continue to promote the quality apprenticeship agenda by engaging in activities and events organised by key national and European agencies and bodies. TUI will Participate in the development of Erasmus+ projects and co-operate with the national agencies. TUI will work with other social partners to promote quality apprenticeship as quality career path options, and organise events, conferences and seminars to promote apprenticeship education and training. TUI will also engage with the National Skills Competition Committee and the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre in Ireland.

Short company / organisation description:

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is a registered trade union in Ireland. TUI provides advice and representation for nearly 18,000 members. TUI’s membership comprises of over 30 grades who work in education, including; teachers, lecturers, trainers, researchers, tutors and management grades. TUI mainly organises in the post-primary public funded education sectors, including; vocational schools, comprehensive and community schools, further education colleges, training centres and institutes of technology. TUI have direct links with the Department of Education and Skills, and employer organisations such as Education and Training Boards Ireland, and Technological Higher Education Association. TUI also engages with other national agencies such as; Qualifications Quality Ireland, Higher Education Authority, Solas and Léargas. TUI supports European engagement by participating in European Commission initiatives and events including Erasmus+ and is also affiliated to the European Trade Union Committee for Education. TUI is also a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Education International. TUI supports and promotes quality apprenticeships through the activities of the Apprenticeship Working Party (AWP). Members of the AWP are active in the teaching and training of apprentices. The AWP also co-operates with other trade unions who have an interest in apprenticeship education and training.

Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Mobility
  • National: Department of Education and Skills, Quality Qualifications Ireland, Higher Education Authority, National Apprenticeship Council
  • Representative bodies: Education and Training Boards Ireland, Technological Higher Education Association.
  • Social Partners: TEEU, OPASTI, Batu, UCATT, SIPTU
  • Others: NETINVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC, National Skills Competition

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