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.

European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), European Federation of Educational Employers (EFEE)

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© European Trade Union Committee for Education
Organisation name:European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), European Federation of Educational Employers (EFEE)
Type of organisation:Social partners
Organisation operations:Education and training, Other sector(s)
* Others Sector: Representative organisation
Start date:01/01/2015
Contact person(s):

Martin Romer, European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)

Bianka Stege, General-Secretary, European Federation of Educational Employers (EFEE)
Description of the Pledge:

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:

  • We wish to raise awareness about the European Alliance for Apprenticeship among our members and will continue to work to improve the esteem, image and quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and apprenticeships /work-based learning
  • We encourage our members to enhance their actions, with special attention to improving their social dialogue, towards high quality, accessible, fair and inclusive apprenticeship /work-based learning systems in their countries.
  • We recommend that our members involve a whole range of stakeholders in this exercise if possible and appropriate, depending on the national, regional and local context.
  • We acknowledge the absolute necessity of improving company-school cooperation on the management, organisation and quality assurance of apprenticeships/work-based learning.
  • We call upon our member organisations to take the necessary steps to improve teaching and training in VET and in work-based learning, keeping in mind the continuous improvement of the eight key competences for life long learning as defined by the EC, with special attention to the use of ICT.
  • We call upon our members to enhance possibilities for company-based continuous professional training for VET teachers and school leaders on their craft related skills in order to improve quality teaching and school leadership in VET.
  • We will inform our members that a number of relevant funding schemes are available for apprenticeship /work-based learning projects and networks.
  • We continue to exchange best practices and experiences on apprenticeship  via the European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Education
Pledged to improve the quality of apprenticeships
Pledged to enhance the image of apprenticeships
ETUCE member organisations, EFEE member organisations, their national/ regional/ local and  individual members, partner organisations, companies, etc
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Do you feel inspired to join the Alliance? Complete the pledge application form and return it to empl-eafa@ec.europa.eu.

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