Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Pledges

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:Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LPSK) and Federation of Lithuanian Education and science Trade Unions (FLESTU)
Type of organisation:Social partners
Country(ies):Lithuania
Start date:01/01/2013
Contact person(s):Tatjana Babrauskiene, International Secretary
Description of the Pledge:

In line with ETUC and ETUCE commitments to implement the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, and in line with national actions to implement the Youth Guarantee Initiative, LPSK and FLESTU will:

  • raise awareness about the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and campaign to work towards more quality, accessible and fair apprenticeships in Lithuania;
  • publicise best practices for successful apprenticeships and on-the-job training, for example the Lithuanian Memorandum of Cooperation for implementation of Youth Guarantee Initiative (see below);
  • cooperate with other European trade union confederations and educational federations in projects and meetings to make common actions to implement the initiative;
  • support ETUC, ETUCE and other European confederations and teacher trade unions’ actions to improve apprenticeship.

Furthermore, in line with the implementation of ETUC recommendations on work based learning and of ETUCE Policy paper on improving quality education in VET, LPSK and FLESTU will continue to promote the following:

  • To cooperate with national actors to ensure quality apprenticeship places in the enterprises for all, including NEETs under age 29;
  • To improve quality teaching in VET, to monitor vocational trainers’ qualifications;
  • To careful design education and training programmes, enhancing the scope of on-the-job training, developing vocational training by apprenticeship;
  • To ensure a safe working environment during apprenticeship.
Pledged to increase the supply of apprenticeships
Pledged to improve the quality of apprenticeships
Partners:

In general: Lithuanian workers and employees, trade unionists, VET teachers and trainers, Ministry of Education and stakeholders in education.

In particular linked to the Memorandum:

  • Four government ministers signed the memorandum: the Minister for Social Security and Labour, the Minister for Education and Science, the Minister for the Economy, and the Minister for Agriculture,.
  • Other signatories included the President of the Lithuanian Youth Council (LIJOT), the President of the Lithuanian National Union of Students (LSS), Vice-President of the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania (LSA), and Executive Director of the Investors’ Forum (IF).
  • Business group leaders who signed the memorandum included President of Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK), President of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), the Director General of the Lithuanian Business Employers’ Confederation (LVDK), and Director General of the Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (LPPARA).
  • Trade Union signatories were the President of the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LPSK), President of Lithuanian Trade Union ‘Solidarumas’ (LPS ‘Solidarumas’) and President of the Lithuanian Labour Federation (LDF).

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