(22 June 2015) – Today more than forty companies and other organisations have joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, coordinated by the European Commission,and committed toproviding more and better apprenticeships for young people.
European social partners have put forward new pledges in the construction, chemical, commerce, and the education sector. Five new pledges come from national teachers’ trade unions and one from a French trade union in the energy sector. Other key pledges come from the Scottish Government, the European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning, and the Bertelsmann Foundation think tank.
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships brings together public authorities, chambers of commerce, industry and crafts, businesses, social partners, education and training providers, regions, youth and non-profit organisations, think tanks and research institutes in order to promote apprenticeship schemes and initiatives across Europe.
With Italy and the Czech Republic joining today, 26 EU Member States have already made national commitments. Today the Alliance also welcomed EFTA countries Norway and Switzerland, and candidate countries Albania, Montenegro and Turkey as its newest members. In total, 84 pledges from companies and other partners have been made within the European Alliance for Apprenticeships since 2013.