A European quality framework for apprenticeships. A European trade union proposal

Apprenticeships have rarely received so much attention from policy makers. Faced with high levels of youth unemployment, politicians have rediscovered, or discovered for the first time, the benefits that apprenticeships can bring. In many EU Member States there have been significant developments recently to facilitate the transition from school to the world of work and more specifically to improve apprenticeship training.

Indeed there has been a flurry of activity throughout the European Union – amending and implementing recent legislation, setting up and carrying out review processes, developing new strategies to improve apprenticeship training systems, restructuring the administrative structures for implementing apprenticeship policy; and investigating ways of introducing apprenticeship systems or elements of apprenticeship systems.

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