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:Basque Government regional authority
Start Year:2013

Mr. Jorge ARÉVALO TURRILLAS, Deputy Minister for Vocational Training - Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture Regional Minister

Mrs Charo DIAZ DE CERIO, Head of the Lifelong Learning Office - Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture Regional Minister

Types of organisation:Regional and local authorities


For the Basque Government innovation in general and the need to transform our competitiveness model are of paramount importance. In light of the current economic challenges we envisage to transform our vocational training system towards a model built on two main pillars: the support of the VT centres and the use of apprenticeships targeted at SMEs. The Basque Government has therefore put in place the “Basque VT Strategic Agenda 2015” (“Agenda Estratégica FP Euskadi 2015”) to implement the objectives of EU2020 Strategy, with the aim to:

  • Put forward a Vocational Training Bill that will strengthen Basque vocational training
  • in new areas/sectors in terms of training and learning, addressing also crucial
  • aspects such as technology, applied innovation, continuous improvement. The
  • initiative foresees the support of Basque and international companies.
  • Focus on developing more high quality apprenticeships through the 4th Basque
  • Vocational Training Plan,
  • Design of a new type of VT centre, which facilitates the inclusion of start-ups,
  • Support of the VT centres in the internationalisation of Basque companies through continuous improvement, training, apprenticeships and vocational guidance,
  • Improve the European cooperation between VET centres and companies through apprenticeship schemes.

The “Basque VT Strategic Agenda 2015” is a regional initiative led by a regional authority with public and private stakeholders participation.

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Area of action: Mobility
  • Regional Ministry for Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture of the Basque
  • Government
  • Regional Ministry for Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government
  • Regional Ministry for Competitiveness and Economic Development of the Basque
  • Government
  • Bizkaia Provincial Council
  • Gipuzkoa Provincial Council
  • Araba Provincial Council
  • Basque Centre for Research and Innovation in VT (Tknika)
  • Basque Knowledge Institute (IVAC)
  • Basque Business Confederation (Confebask)
  • Basque UGT Trade Union
  • Basque CCOO Trade Union
  • Basque Association of VT Public Centres (Ikaslán)
  • Association of VT Social Initiative Centres (Hetel)
  • Independent Association of Educational Centres (Aice)
National Commitments:Do also have a look at the national commitment of your country

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