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.

Algemene Onderwijsbond - AOb

Organisation name:Algemene Onderwijsbond - AOb
Type of organisation:Social partners
Organisation operations:Education and training, Other sector(s)
* Others Sector: Representative organisation
Start date:01/01/2013
Contact person(s):Trudy Kerperien, International Secretary, on behalf of the National Board
Description of the Pledge:

The AOb represents nearly 87,000 teachers in the Netherlands in all education sectors. The AOb is a member of ETUCE and an important social partner in education at national level.

The AOb promotes high-quality and modern vocational education, which offers training in all curricula areas equipping starting professionals with the right competences, skills and knowledge.

In line with the ETUCE policy on maintaining and improving quality education in VET, the AOb will step up its promotion of the following among the VET teachers and trainers via its publications, meetings and events on quality teaching and on VET:

  •  To ensure quality apprenticeship places in the enterprises;
  •  To get in contact with enterprises to provide apprenticeship places to VET students, to improve their technical knowledge, and to ensure continuing broader based learning;
  • To improve quality teaching and apprenticeship training in VET
  • To promote mobility for apprentices and VET students to spend periods abroad.

More specifically:

  • Even though already rather well organized, the AOb will strengthen the validation of the quality of WBL within the educational system in the Netherlands and make sure it will be improved: Work Based Learning for all curricula areas offered in the Netherlands.
  • The AOb will raise awareness about the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and campaign to work towards more quality, accessible and fair apprenticeships in the Netherlands. The AOb will disseminate the Joint declaration of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship among its members through briefings and consultation conferences.
  • In the EU member countries there is no common system or methodology yet to validate the quality of WBL, work placements or apprenticeships. In cooperation with partner organisations within the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the AOb will work to bridge the differences between the countries regarding the quality of apprenticeships and work based learning within the companies.
  • To strengthen mobility, and using the possibilities of EQF and the instruments of ECVET and EQAVET, the AOb will stimulate doing apprenticeships and other forms of in-company training in another country. In cooperation with partner organisations within the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), the AOb supports the developments regarding implementing EQF, ECVET and EQAVET.

In the above mentioned field, the AOb advocates for:

  • a European system to check the quality of the apprenticeships and traineeships placements all over Europe. This includes the work itself, the coach, the working conditions, the apprentice, the employer and the staff.
  • a set of minimum requirements for companies to realise sustainable, effective and safe apprenticeships and work placements, including minimum standards for companies and company tutors concerning the guidance of apprentices
  • support to companies and tutors to create a high quality learning environment within the company
  • a curriculum for the training of company tutors (coaches) who guide the apprentices on the work floor
  • additional training and information for all European countries to help to increase the quality of learning within companies (WBL).
Pledged to increase the supply of apprenticeships
Pledged to improve the quality of apprenticeships

The AOb is affiliated to the FNV (Dutch Trade Union Confederation) with 1,100,000 trade union members

The AOb is a member of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) which represents 135 Teacher Unions and 12.8 million teachers in all countries of Europe, 5.5 million teachers in the EU, from all levels of the education sector

The AOb works with education providers, associations of schools and Colleges, regional/ national authorities and exam boards

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