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1 Apprenticeships and Work-based learning in Europe NetWBL Regional conference - Bratislava, 09 June 2015 Sigve Bjorstad, European Commission DG EMPL 1

2 Youth (15-24) unemployment 22% 5 million young unemployed 1 in 3 long term unemployed 7.5 million young NEETs (neither in employment nor in education or training) >40% Greece, Spain, Italy, Croatia <10% Germany, Austria, Netherlands 2 Christophe Vander Eecken / EEA Grants

3 Overall policy framework Vision and objectives of Bruges Communiqué valid until 2020 Part of ET2020 Strategic Framework ET2020 Working Group on VET: 1. Support for companies, in particular SMEs, offering apprenticeships 2. Attractiveness and career guidance 3. National governance, regulatory framework and social partners' involvement 4. Quality assurance in work-based learning 22 June 2015 (Riga): Meetings of Ministers in charge of VET, EU level Social Partners and the Commission : Adoption of 'Riga Conclusions' including new medium-term deliverables for the period

4 New medium-term deliverables With a view to develop high quality, labour market relevant vocational skills and qualifications, based on the learning outcomes approach: 1. work-based learning in all its forms 2. quality assurance and feedback loops to Initial VET and Continuous VET For people's informed choice of pathways and long-term employability and adaptability to evolving skills needs: 3. access to VET and qualifications for all 4. key competences in both initial and continuous CVET In support of reforms to raise quality and efficiency of VET: 5. professional development of VET teachers, trainers and mentors

5 Work-based learning in VET Apprenticeships lead to skills that lead to jobs AT, DE, DK NL CZ FI, LU, FR, UK MS with more work-based learning have less youth unemployment VET graduates tend to find a job faster than those with general education* BE, SI, SE SK, HU EE, EL, ES, IE, IT, PL, PT Graduates of work-oriented programmes spend less time without work* Youth unemployment Illustration based on a comparison of the level of youth unemployment (4 th quarter 2011) in relation to the share of students participating in work based learning at ISCED 3 level programmes (Cedefop) *Quotes from Cedefop publication "From education to working life", 2012

6 Work-based learning is still an exception Proportion of VET students enrolled in combined work- and school-based VET, as a % of all students in upper secondary VET (2010)

7 Background Part of the Youth Employment Package December 2012 Youth Guarantee Quality Framework for Traineeships European Alliance for Apprenticeships

8 European Alliance for Apprenticeships Multi-stakeholder initiative European Commission, EU presidency, Social Partners, VET providers, Chambers, Companies, Youth Organisations Photo: European Commission

9 European Alliance for Apprenticeships Quality Supply Image Mobility Photo: World Skills Leipzig 2013

10 Focus areas Strands of action Targeted knowledge transfer and support for reform of apprenticeship systems Promoting the benefits of apprenticeships Making smart use of EU funding and resources

11 Definition What is an apprenticeship? Learning in school Training in company Certified & recognised Work contract (ideally) Initial vocational education and training

12 Benefits of apprenticeships Skills Pay and independence Work experience Shorter way to employment Learners Companies Recruitment Influence on curricula/skills Contribution to production New ideas and innovation Reputation More youth employment Skills in line with labour market needs Connecting education with work Society

13 Milestones and achievements Joint Declaration the European level social partners, the Commission and the Lithuanian Presidency ( ) Council Declaration on EAfA ( ) 24 Member States have made individual commitments 47 pledges from social partners, chambers, companies, VET providers, regions and youth organisations 3 rd EAfA stakeholder meetings (23 April 2015) First on-line survey Education and Culture

14 Online survey results and next step Replies: 56 replies over half from direct members, incl. businesses (28), chambers (7), social partners (9), education and training providers (7), regional authorities (1), and other non-profit or youth organisations (4) Results: some concrete progress e.g. increase in supply since submitting pledge & expected increase for 2016 positive developments on quality and image of apprenticeships, additional theme mobility showed valuable role/active commitment of EAfA stakeholders with diverse & complementary activities, but some challenges remain: apprenticeship concept, impact evaluation, visibility Next step: Report on survey results

15 New boost to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships High Level Presidency event (Riga, 22 June 2015) Engaging with businesses/ SMEs Mobilise companies SMEs and monitoring progress Redesigned EAfA webpage Kick-off event with exhibition space and networking Real-time exchange of apprenticeship offers New on-line platform Common space for public and private stakeholders to advertise their offers Tool for young people to find apprenticeship opportunities Operating framework Steering role of the Commission Strengthened support by Cedefop Enhanced involvement of social partners Annual Presidency events Review of support mechanism Increased support of cooperation, partnerships and alliances at sectoral and at policy levels Increased mobility of apprentices Through ESF, EASI, Erasmus+, EIB loans

16 Next steps in 2015 NetWBL event (1-2 October, Vilnius) Call for proposal on how to involve SMEs engaging in apprenticeships (tbc) Cedefop country reviews, monitoring and matching conference (on SMEs (November) Final outcome (guiding principles) of the ET2020 WG on VET on apprenticeships (November) EC study to monitor EAfA progress (launched in late 2015) and there is more to come!

17 Erasmus+ Call for proposals 2014: National Authorities for Apprenticeships First call for proposals under Erasmus+ (Key Activity 3 Support for Policy Reform) particularly addressed to National Authorities in charge of apprenticeship systems Overall objective: development of high-quality apprenticeship-type training and excellence in work-based learning in VET through partnerships between National Authorities and relevant stakeholders 10 projects selected (published on 17/10/2014) - starting as of November 2014 Lead applicant from RO, HU, IT, SK, AL, BE, EL, LV, PT and DK Total budget: 2,295, Maximum duration: 24 months followed by an evaluation to decide on a possible second call for proposals in

18 Partners by country in the 10 selected projects 18

19 Overview of the 10 selected project aims: Introducing apprenticeships (RO) or dual VET systems (AL, SK) Developing strategies for dual VET (PT, e.g. on the quality and the social reinforcement of the image) and reforming alternance schemes (BE, fr) Implementing work-based learning (LV + EE, LT; 3 Baltic countries) Improving the quality of apprenticeships at regional level in a specific sector (IT: Veneto region, food & hospitality sector) Knowledge sharing (HU, e.g. with AT and CH) Partnerships, e.g. with companies on an ICT based platform (EL + CY) Supporting the European Alliance for Apprenticeships through a structured and evidence-based approach (DK + AT, DK, DE, LU, CH) 19

20 European Alliance for Apprenticeships 20

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