Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


Webinar: Trade Unions and the Development of Apprenticeship Training in Europe

This webinar, hosted by Dr Jeff Bridgford, will explore the role of Trade Unions in apprenticeship training throughout Europe.

Time: 10.00 – 11.00 CET

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European Trade Unions are often engaged in skills development, and more specifically apprenticeship training. This involvement may take place at European, national, sectoral and/or enterprise levels.

This webinar will look into why Trade Unions are involved and explore the benefits for the Unions, their members and workers in general. The webinar will also discuss the nature of their engagement, whether it is in terms of participating in regulatory and/or consultative bodies, engaging in collective bargaining and/or providing support and guidance for workers at the enterprise level. Not all trade unions are involved in apprenticeship training. Hence, the webinar will also focus on the barriers to trade union engagement and the strategies to overcome them.

About the Speaker:

Dr Jeff Bridgford is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London. 

Dr Bridgford was the founding Director of the European Trade Union College (ETUCO), the education and training wing of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), which created and developed a community of trade union educators throughout Europe, set up a European methodology for trade union education and delivered hundreds of European seminars for trade union leaders, officers and representatives. 

Subsequently he has taken on responsibilities for apprenticeship training, and was the author of 'A European Quality Framework for Apprentices - A European Trade Union Proposal' (ETUC, 2016). He is currently acting as an expert for the European Commission and the International Labour Organisation.

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