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.
Martin Romer, European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)
In order to further contribute to the implementation of the goals of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, we are committed to enhance the work of our organisations and jointly in the framework of European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Education. In our individual and joint actions we respect the different national education systems in the Member States of the EU, in particular the existing structures on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and apprenticeship / work-based learning of students of vocational education and training.
Since we represent organisations from very diverse backgrounds, we deem it necessary to reiterate here the definition of apprenticeship as used by the European Commission:
1. Apprenticeships are formal education and training programmes;
2. Apprenticeships combine company-based training (periods of practical work experience at a workplace) with school-based education (periods of theoretical/ practical education in a school or training centre);
3. Apprenticeships lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Most apprenticeships are based on a contract or formal agreement between the employer and the apprentice, with the apprentice being paid for his/her work.
ETUCE and EFEE commit to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships with individual and joint actions by the following action points:
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