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.


Organisation name:Confindustria
Type of organisation:Professional bodies and networks
Organisation operations:Accommodation and Food Service Activities, Construction, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
* Others Sector: Representative organisation
Start date:01/01/2019
Contact person(s):
Pierangelo Albini, Director of the Employment, Welfare, Human Capital Department of Confindustria;
Alfonso Balsamo, Education Advisor for the Employment, Welfare, Human Capital Department of Confindustria
Presentation of the member:

Confindustria is the main employer organization representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of more than 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing a total of 5,440,125 people. The organisation's activities are aimed at guaranteeing the central importance of companies, the driver's of Italy's economic, social and civil development. By representing companies and their values at institutions of all levels, Confindustria contributes to social well-being and progress, and from this standpoint guarantees increasingly diversified, efficient and modern services. Confindustria's added value stems from its network: a headquarters in Rome, 217 local and trade associations and since 1958 a delegation in Brussels, which has seen its strategic importance grow over the years and is now a benchmark for the entire Italian economic system at the European Union.

Description of the Pledge:

Through its wide network of members, Confindustria intends to further  promote apprenticeships in Italy as the main tool to foster youth employment, by improving the school-to-work transition and developing a closer link between labor market needs and  the Italian education system.

Confindustria also intends to contribute to improving the regulatory framework concerning apprenticeships in Italy, getting inspiration from European best practices and fostering collaboration with public and private institutions at national and territorial level. Confindustria will give particular attention to the "dual" apprenticeships as regulated by Italian law and as defined by Cedefop;

  • “Type 1 Apprenticeship” (Apprenticeship for vocational qualifications and diplomas, upper secondary education diplomas and high technical specialisation certificates’)
  • “Type 3 Apprenticeship” (Apprenticeship for higher education and research that enables apprentices to gain tertiary level diplomas - technical or academic - or a doctorate degree).
Confindustria will  support its  member companies to start apprenticeships schemes with schools, VET providers and universities. In this context, particular attention  will be paid to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises,  that are the main component of the Italian productive system, and that very often, due to  a very complex regulatory environment and a difficult dialogue with  the education systems does not find apprenticeships attractive.
Pledged to increase the supply of apprenticeships

Key activities: To spread apprenticeships in Italy it is necessary to simplify the bureaucratic procedures and strengthen the partnerships with the educational systems. Confindustria intends to strengthen its working groups, made up of technicians and apprenticeship experts, to launch a proposal to improve the regulatory framework aimed at the Government and all the education stakeholders in Italy. In particular, Confindustria intends to study specific solutions for the diffusion of “Type 3 Apprenticeship” with a special focus on apprenticeships linked to ITS’ - Istituti Tecnici Superiori, the Italian Higher VET institutions - with the aim of activate apprenticeships linked to the manufacturing industry in at least 70% of the 103 Italian ITS’.
Timelime activities: March 2020

Pledged to improve the quality of apprenticeships

Key activities: To help companies, particularly SMEs, to be more involved in co-planning activities with schools, VET providers and universities to improve the overall quality of apprenticeships and ensure an effective alignment between youth training and business needs. Companies can be helped and supported by Confindustria's local and sector representatives through seminars, working groups and meetings with representatives of local education systems.
Timelime activities: March 2020

Pledged to enhance the image of apprenticeships

Key activities: Introducing specific windows for promoting apprenticeships among young people and businesses in the context of school and university orientation activities promoted by Confindustria, such as Orientagiovani, a promotional campaign for young people's manufacturing industry that involves 20,000 students each year, teachers, school managers.
Timelime activities: January 2020

Pledged to contribute to the mobility of apprenticeships

Key activities: ☑ Mobility To plan apprenticeship paths that allow young people to be trained in different industrial realities of the European Union, thanks to specific partnerships between companies that will be promoted by Confindustria within its network of European industrial associations. This activity may be relevant for the implementation of the EFQEA because it promotes a European learning culture among young people and companies and will help to grasp the advantages and possible criticalities of a single framework of reference standards. March 2020
Timelime activities: March 2020

All the 221 Confidustria’s member organizations at territorial and sectoral level. 
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Do you feel inspired to join the Alliance? Complete the pledge application form and return it to empl-eafa@ec.europa.eu.

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