The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships
This initiative is part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, launched in June 2016 and ties in with the European Pillar of Social Rights, which foresees a right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning.
The Commission has identified 14 key criteria that Member States and stakeholders should use to develop quality and effective apprenticeships. This initiative will help increase the employability and personal development of apprentices and contribute towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs.
To assess the quality and effectiveness of an apprenticeship, the proposed Framework proposes seven criteria for learning and working conditions:
(1) Written contract; (2) Learning outcomes; (3) Pedagogical support; (4) Workplace component; (5) Pay and/or compensation; (6) Social protection; (7) Work, health and safety conditions.
The Framework also proposes seven criteria for framework conditions:
(8) Regulatory framework; (9) Involvement of social partners; (10) Support for companies; (11) Flexible pathways and mobility; (12) Career guidance and awareness raising; (13) Transparency; (14) Quality assurance and graduate tracking.
The proposal will be discussed by Member States with a view to it being adopted by the Council. The Commission is already preparing a new set of support services to help Member States and stakeholders implement this Framework through knowledge sharing, networking and peer-learning activities.
This initiative will also be promoted through the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and awareness raising campaigns such as the European Vocational Skills Week, which is taking place for the second year and will be organised from 20 to 24 November 2017.
Read the European Commission – Press release "Commission adopts initiative to boost apprenticeships in Europe" on "europa.eu", by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/2fMDU2d.