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:||F.E.G. (FUNDATIA ECOLOGICA GREEN)|
Mrs. Irina Oana Teodora Stanciu
|Types of organisation:||Education and training providers|
Our main objective is to improve the visibility and increase the number of apprenticeship programs at local and national level, by supporting NEETs and companies to get together, deliver the training and follow the implementation of their common work plan. The mobility of the apprentices is also an aim, in the long term.
The key activities foreseen for the pledge are part of a project entitled “Be active! Get a job and train!” and consist of a structured plan of activities destined to increase awareness of the apprenticeship program and to increase the number of apprenticeships.
The project will be financed through funding from the companies interested in hiring apprentices. The three main fields we consider are Constructions, Textiles and Beverage & Food Industry.Moreover, FEG will be active in organising activities under the European Vocational Skills Week, as it did in the past 3 years.
|Short company / organisation description:|
FEG is a non-profit educational institution, located in Iasi, Romania, founded in 1997 and comprising a national network of schools providing education and training at different levels: pre-school, primary, post-secondary (VET) and adult training.
FEG Post-Secondary School provides qualification at EQF level 5 in various specialisations from different fields like Healthcare, IT, Administration, Services and Design.
The FEG Training Centre organises activities of professional counselling and provides qualifications at NQF level 1-4, organising training programs in over 30 specialisations and having trained over 15.000 persons from its start. The training programs at all levels are accredited by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour and Social Justice.
FEG has been involved in EU cooperation since 2002 and has implemented over 45 projects, financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme and its predecessors, Erasmus + and the European Social Fund (ESF). Moreover, since 2015, FEG holds a VET Charter for Mobility.
Between 2013 and 2015 FEG was partner in one of the two national projects implemented by the Ministry of Labour in which the national Youth Guarantee scheme was tested. FEG had a target group of 1600 NEETs who were involved in counselling, professional training, entrepreneurial activities and apprenticeships. At national level, FEG was the only partner who organised apprenticeships for over 40 people. The activity was successful, proving that apprenticeships are of interest for both learners and employers.
Since 2016, FEG has been taking part in the European Vocational Skills Week, organising a program of activities entitled “Bridging VET and labour market”, involving on average 350 teachers and learners every year.
|Area of action: Supply||
The key activities proposed for this pledge will be run as part of a project entitled “Be active! Get a job and train!”. The project will last for 36 months with the following key activities: 1. Organisation of the local team 2. Dissemination of the project and the program. 3. Organising information sessions for companies and NEETs to present/highlight the advantages of apprenticeship programs. 4. Designing tailored training programs and work plans in collaboration with the companies and submitting them for accreditation. 5. Organising Training programs for the apprenticeships in collaboration with the companies. 6. Ensuring support services for the apprentices and the companies in relation with the Public Employment Service. 7. Evaluation of the program. The target for the 1st year of implementation is: 6-8 companies and 30 new apprentices. As mentioned above, we consider three fields of activity with a high shortage of qualified staff: Constructions, Textiles and Beverage & Food Industry. The added value of this pledge is represented by the fact that at this moment it is a single and practical solution and initiative in the region matching the needs of both young people and employers. The Government is helping companies that hire apprentices by offering incentives. Young people are looking for jobs but they also need the training institution to make the connection between them and to deliver the training. FEG will provide this help and use its expertise in counselling, training and supporting the apprentices. Thus, for the first year, we plan to increase the number of apprenticeships organised in our community, to make this type of program attractive and accessible, to promote the value and benefits of apprenticeships. The first year will conclude with a local event to which representatives of companies, NEETs and the Public Employment Service (PES) will be invited along with the local media. After the evaluation of the 1st year of program, FEG will continue the work following the same algorithm. The plans for the 2nd and the 3rd year aim at increasing the number of apprenticeship programs organised and therefore increasing the number of apprentices and companies served by adding 3-5 per year, enlarging the fields in which we can organise apprenticeships but also at accessing the EU funds available for the apprentices’ mobility.
M3-M4, M9-M10 M5-M12 M6-on going for 12 Months/ 24months depending on the EQF level of course M6- forward Continuously, every month M12
|Area of action: Quality||
An increase in the quality of the apprenticeship program we will run is expected, as the paper work will become a routine and the staff members will focus on improving the communication with the stakeholders, the visibility of the program and the quality of the training plan/curriculum. The training plans and curriculum will become more and more tailored to specific fields and thus it will become more efficient.
|Area of action: Image||
The activities proposed for this pledge contribute to the image of apprenticeships, because it comprises a series of activities to make them more visible and more attractive. For the time being, apprenticeships are not very common in Romania, due to various factors like: an insufficient dissemination and lack of awareness of their benefits, their length (the shortest lasts for 12 months) and maybe the lack of expertise in organising them combined with bureaucracy. FEG commits itself to make apprenticeships and their benefits more visible and to support companies and NEETs join this kind of program. The first element of visibility will be a website built for this purpose, hosted by FEG, comprising basic information about the programs, benefits, partners we work with and which will comprise a section where the companies and future apprentices can register. Leaflets will be designed, printed and distributed with various events. After the first year of program, as mentioned before we will organise a local event to which representatives of companies, NEETs and PES will be invited along with the local media. For the whole period of implementation of this pledge FEG will continue to take part in the European Vocational Skills Week with a specific program of activities entitled Bridging VET and labour market.
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|Area of action: Mobility||
☒ Mobility Mobility can be a motive for increasing the attractiveness of the apprenticeships but it is not easy to put into practice for some reasons: while doing an apprenticeship the apprentice is employed, attends both work and training and therefore attending a mobility for several months might rise legal interpretations. However starting with year 2 of activities we will take into consideration organising apprenticeship placements with local and transnational partners, to send and receive apprentices, accessing EU funds available for this purpose. M13- forward
The partners we plan to involve in this initiative are both local and transnational.
The local partners will be the PES (Public Employment Service) in Iasi and the companies with whom we plan to work with. Since FEG is an authorised training provider for 35 qualifications, we expect 4-5 to be of interest for the stakeholders, mainly in the fields of services, constructions and clothing and tailoring.
As regards the EU partners, FEG as a member of EfVET has access to a big network of schools and companies involved in training and apprenticeship and we plan to access it, especially for the exchange of good practices. At some point in the future we plan to apply for funding for the mobility of apprenticeships, but also to have the chance to exchange good practices.