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.

Types of organisation:Social partners
Author:FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT
Start Year:2017

For FoodServiceEurope:

Cristina Freitas da Costa, Deputy Secretary General  cfreitas@foodserviceeurope.org



Kerstin Howald, Tourism Sector Secretary   k.howald@effat.org


Area of action:Quality, Image

FoodServiceEurope (FSE) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) commit themselves to improve quality and attractiveness of the apprenticeships schemes by:

  • Including apprenticeships in the areas of cooperation between FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT and especially in their annual action plans.
  • Promoting active discussions and exchanges of experiences among and between their members.
  • Presenting the benefits of apprenticeships schemes at their General Assemblies, encouraging their national organizations to join the Alliance for Apprenticeships and sharing their experience to their own members.
  • Presenting apprenticeships as a good opportunity for the food catering sector to have a qualified, young and dynamic workforce amongst their members, through their websites, their newsletters, their meetings and social media communications.
  • Encouraging company members to provide high quality apprenticeship and traineeship positions.
Added value:

The EFFAT-FoodServiceEurope pledge will raise the awareness of their member organizations on the value and attractiveness of apprenticeships schemes in order to facilitate the entrance of young employees into the labour market and ensure that they are properly trained to face the challenges of the sector.

  • The pledge will focus on improving the attractiveness and value of apprenticeships for chefs, cooks and other professions in contract catering where apprenticeships are relevant in EU Member States.
  • EFFAT and FoodServiceEurope will use their General Assemblies and communication tools to facilitate the exchange of best practices on apprenticeships schemes developed at national level.
  • EFFAT and FoodServiceEurope will share best practice examples on the enhanced quality and attractiveness of apprenticeships schemes at the SSD Plenary meeting in 2018.
Short company / organisation description:

EFFAT, the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors, is representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries. EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers in its sectors towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies.

FoodServiceEurope is the European organization that brings together contract catering organizations in Europe and speaks on behalf of a significant share of the market. Contract catering employs 600,000 people across Europe and serves around 6 billion meals every year. FoodServiceEurope objectives are to provide a valuable insight on EU policy initiatives and legislations and to inform policymakers on the perspective of the European contract catering sector, to provide an EU-level forum for contract caterers, to cooperate with other EU stakeholders on areas of joint interest.

FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT are the sectoral social partners on contract catering. They have been involved in a sectoral social dialogue for more than 20 years, having been officially recognized by the European Commission in 2007.

Partners:EFFAT and FoodServiceEurope are the two partners involved. Additional details on these organizations are provided above. In implementing this initiative, the two organizations will endeavour to mobilize their members at national level.

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