Mobility of apprentices in Europe

The European network to promote, implement
and enhance learning mobility for apprentices



The VET training system in Italy

The full-time IVET
Compulsory education is until the age of 18, including three years of pre-primary education, five years of primary (age 6-11), three years of lower primary (age 11-14) and up to five years of upper secondary education.

Upper secondary includes two pathways :
  • The Licei system: Lasting five years. At the end the students take the State examination enabling for entrance at university or other higher education. The students on this education can choose different directions, depending on their interest.
  • Vocational education and training: Lasting at least three years, and leading to the award of a vocational qualification certificate. Courses are given in agriculture, industry, crafts, service sectors and others. The end qualification can be used to enter the labour market or to enter post qualification courses leading to an upper secondary vocational diploma. This diploma is required for entry into higher technical education and training or after attending a supplementary year, for entry into universities

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Basic information about mobility of apprentices in Italy

Who is concerned?
If you are an apprentice in Italy, you have a work contract and you are obliged to go on training for two years for some hours (240 in total). Age limit is 29.  There are 3 types of apprenticeship contracts:
a contract to accompany youngsters who have left schools till the end of compulsory education (adolescents of 16 and 18 years without a professional qualification.
a qualifying contract: The contract can be signed by employers of all productive sectors, including professional organizations and Trade Unions. People involved are between 18 and 29 years old,
a contract to achieve high qualification: It is addressed to people aged between 18 and 29 years with a degree who want to achieve a secondary or higher qualification.

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