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.
Mr Holger Schwannecke, Secretary General
Ms. Karin Rögge, managing director, ZDH-representation to the EU, European affairs division
The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks ZDH)
The alliance wants to support apprenticeships exchanges as well as a thorough and balanced orientation for studies and professions in all school types. Especially small businesses will get the necessary support for in-company training of young people with a high need for support.
ZDH gives the following pledge in the context of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships:
1. Provide competent information on the Dual Education System:
ZDH will explain the German dual training system in Germany and at European level to interested associations, multipliers etc. from Europe and elsewhere in a competent and appropriate way. ZDH will also use the possibilities of being a member in bilateral working groups of the German Government with other Member States (e.g. Italy, Latvia, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia).
At European level ZDH will inform about the employer engagement in apprenticeship schemes taking into account the special role of Chambers as the competent bodies for vocational education and training, providing an important advisory and support function especially for SMEs. The objective is to make the possibilities of the German Dual Education system accessible to interested parties in order to help them establish work based training structures.
2. Improve image and visibility of skilled crafts and vocational training:
ZDH will inform about the skilled crafts and the possibilities of training and careers in this sector in the context of its image campaign with the resources at its disposal. ZDH will advertise the campaign to other European (SME)-organisations as an instrument to improve the image of apprenticeship. The objective is to increase the status of the vocational training in the skilled crafts sector, especially amongst young people. For an appropriate approach to this target group, digital communication measures will play a special role.
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