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:FoodServiceEurope and EFFAT
Country:European Union
Start Year:2017

For FoodServiceEurope:

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



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


Types of organisation:Social partners

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.
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.

Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
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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