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:CSR Europe
Country:European Union
Start Year:2015

Tommi Raivio

Project Manager, Services

T: +32 2 541 16 15

E: tr@csreurope.org

W: www.csreurope.org

Types of organisation:Companies and business organisations

In the context of:
1. CSR Europe’ project Quality Internships and Apprenticeships – a pathway to employment, part of the European Business Campaign on Skills for Jobs which aims to equip 5 million - mainly young - people across Europe with the skills to perform and evolve in today’s competitive and fast-moving business environment, making Europe a better place for work;
2. The Enterprise 2020 Manifesto, launched on 19 June 2015 by CSR Europe and its 42 National Partners and supported by 10 000 enterprises across Europe, with 3 main directions for the future outlined as: 1. employability and inclusion, 2. businesses as partners for communities, cities and regions - developing and implementing innovative patterns of sustainable production, consumption and livelihoods, and 3. transparency and respect for human rights at the heart of business conduct;
3. The European Pact for Youth for European leaders and CEOs towards making business-school collaboration the new “normal” across Europe.

CSR Europe aims to support businesses within its network to assess and enhance the quality of their apprenticeship and internship schemes, thus giving the opportunity to 50 000 young people to benefit from a quality apprenticeship or internship as a natural transition to work by the end of 2017.

To that end, CSR Europe will:

(1) Deploy the Quality Internships and Apprenticeships (QIA) assessment tool within its network of national partner organisations.

The QIA assessment tool is designed to serve businesses to:
1. Assess the quality of current apprenticeship and internship schemes;
2. Benchmark performance against other companies;
3. Identify areas for improvement and get access to best practices;
4. Incubate solutions in a learning network of companies and experts.

(2) Showcase good practices on the Skills for Jobs Business Impact Map

(3) Invest in seeking the right funding opportunity to reach out to more enterprises



Area of action: Quality

To guarantee a qualitative and measurable impact, CSR Europe can rely on:

  • CSR Europe’s strong network of 42 National Partner Organisations that altogether are inspiring, supporting and engaging 10,000 small, medium and large enterprises across Europe
  • Existing collaborations in the framework of the European Business Campaign on Skills for Jobs with European School Net, European Youth Forum, JA-YE, CEC.
  • CSR Europe will also strive to enlarge this cooperation with relevant organisations at national level such as national employer federations, chambers of commerce, public employment services and trade unions.

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