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.

Start Year:2018



Types of organisation:Companies and business organisations
Description:Our pledge is very simple. It is to work with local, regional and international business and organizations to help in developing a sustainable apprenticeships system with high quality training as an integral offer to young people and to promote apprenticeships as a real and high-quality career pathway.
Our pledge builds on the "Skills for Jobs" S4J Project initiative (a project implemented by Swisscontact) to help young people across Albania to develop skills and become more employable.
Rapsodia Restaurant- Slow food is one of the first pioneers to offer apprenticeships in Albania; already offering 20 apprenticeships. The company aims to increase the provision of high quality apprenticeships in Albania, to equip young people with valuable skills and work experience and enable them to start successful careers.
We will draw on examples of best practice in VET learning systems from Switzerland to benchmark our existing programmes and develop a scale up strategy that can be tailored to each of the regions in Albania to increase the attractiveness of apprenticeship as a route into work for young people across Albania.
Short company / organisation description:Rapsodia started in 1995, as a family owned business offering slow food cuisine and regional specialties from Albania. The chef, Alfred Marku, was an apprentice in Italy for 4 years.  23 years later from being an apprentice, he has succeeded in becoming one of the well-known chefs in the region.  The services offered include: restaurants, catering and dairy farming, as well as ensuring distribution of traditional dairy products within the supply chain
Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Area of action: Mobility
Partners:Stakeholders: education providers (VET schools and VET providers), European/national/regional authorities and agencies, trade unions & industry bodies, government institutions, business organisation and youth associations operating in north Albania.

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