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European Alliance for Apprenticeships Newsletter July 2015

European Alliance for Apprenticeships Newsletter July 2015
Published Friday 28 August 2015
With 45 newcomers, the Riga event on 22 June gave a strong boost to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. 38 stakeholder pledges came from business (9), chambers (4), European sectoral social partners (4), national trade unions (7), think tanks (3), regional authority (1), professional bodies (5) and non-profit-organisations (5). Also, 7 new countries (IT, CZ, AL, CH, NO, ME, TR) made national commitments, and a regional Baltic Alliance for Apprenticeships was signed by LT, LV and EE.

Apprenticeships on top
of VET agenda 2015-2020

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships event in Riga on 22 June was part of the Meeting of Ministers in charge of vocational education and training (VET). In the so-called Riga Conclusions, 36 European countries, the European Commission, Social Partners and VET providers agreed on five priorities to push forward the VET agenda from 2015 to 2020. 'Promote work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeships', figures on top of the 5-points list.

Press releases and statements
from stakeholders

A number of stakeholders issued press releases and articles in connection with the Riga event. BusinessEurope called for the cost-effective engagement of employers and greater employer ownership in apprenticeships, and also suggested promotional activities to improve the image and attractiveness of apprenticeships. The ETUC welcomed the fact that investment in education and training is at the core of the EU strategy for overcoming the crisis. Apprenticeships are also dealt with in the European Social Partners' new Work Programme 2015-17 and In-depth Employment Analysis. Eurochambres expressed support for the promotion of work-based learning and reiterated its proposal for a European apprenticeship target. Statements from European sectoral social partners: ETUCE and EFEE (education), ECEG and IndustriAll (chemical), Uni Europa and Eurocommerce (commerce).

General Electric joins the Alliance

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships continues to grow. After the success of mobilising new companies and organisations at the event in Riga, General Electric has decided to join the Alliance. General Electric has pledged to make available at least 3,000 apprenticeship and internship positions in Europe from 2015 onward. GE aims to learn from other stakeholders involved in the Alliance, and will work with education and training providers, local governments and communities to promote and develop quality apprenticeships. Read the GE pledge.

Commissioner launched Drop'pin

Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, officially launched the new Drop'pin website at the European Alliance for Apprenticeships event in Riga. Drop'pin is a platform for companies and organisations to connect with young people from across Europe to offer them opportunities to improve their skills and boost their employability. Members of the Alliance are encouraged to register on Drop'pin and announce their training opportunities there. Drop'pin can also help you find partners to develop such opportunities.

7 guiding principles to
get companies to train

The ET2020 Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (VET) has prepared a Guidance Framework on 'Support for companies, in particular SMEs, offering apprenticeships'. The document points to seven things that can be done to support companies, such as promoting the benefits to employers, ensuring fair cost-sharing arrangements, focusing financial incentives on getting new companies to train, promoting systematic cooperation with VET schools and ensuring qualified trainers. Read the guidance framework.

Video: the business case for apprenticeships

A new video shows why apprenticeships are worth the investment for companies. Apprenticeships are key "to feed the industry with the right personnel, with the right skills at the right time", says Peter Muchoba from MIBA Steeltec in Slovakia. His company is also involved in a project by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) (see pledge) on developing apprenticeships in Slovakia. Also contributing in the video are the companies Antarte from Portugal and Siemens (see pledge) from Germany.

Online survey report: apprenticeship supply on the rise

A first online survey on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships was carried out from March to April, and resulted in 56 replies from businesses, chambers, social partners, education and training providers, regional authorities, and non-profit or youth organisations. Around 3 in 5 respondents reported an increase in the supply of apprenticeships. Many respondents highlighted the need to promote partnerships and funding, and to further improve visibility of Alliance activities, sharing of good practices and networking. Read the survey report.

Brochure: Good for business,
good for youth

A new brochure provides an overview of the broad scope of initiatives and actions undertaken as part of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. It shows how apprenticeships and the Alliance fit into broader policy developments for vocational education and training, skills and employability. The brochure also illustrates some of the achievements since the Alliance was launched in 2013, and provides examples of success stories.

"The Skills Imperative"
- new magazine out

The 41st issue of the European Commission, DG EMPL magazine, "Social Agenda" is devoted to the issue of skills and vocational education and training. Get a flavour of what the Commission is working on in terms of a new comprehensive skills strategy, including through strong emphasis on work-based learning and apprenticeships.

Developing a new apprenticeship
model in Wales

The Welsh Government joined the Alliance with a pledge in 2014, aiming to learn from best practices across Europe. Since then a consultation on Aligning the apprenticeship model with the needs of the Welsh economy was published in January 2015.  Responses to the consultation will be used to inform the development of an implementation plan for a new apprenticeship model for Wales which will be published later this year. The Welsh Government has invested £144m to pay for 52,000 apprenticeships in schemes over the next four years.

Power and prestige to apprenticeships:
a new report from England

“Apprenticeships policy will have succeeded when most parents want their children to consider choosing an apprenticeship…”, is the key message from a new report by the Commission on Apprenticeships in England. The report includes a number of recommendations to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, such as creating better incentives for schools to promote apprenticeships; measures to reassure employers about the value and security of their investment in an apprentice; and measures to drive up the quality of the off-the-job training on offer.