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Towards a shared vision of apprenticeships: joint conference of the European social partners


The European social partners, ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP and SMEunited (formerly called UEAPME) organised their joint conference on apprenticeships on 26-27 May 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

This conference took place further to the individual projects that have been conducted by the cross-industry employers’ organisations on the cost-effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes and by the ETUC on a quality framework for apprenticeships. The purpose was to discuss the outcomes of each project and to identify possible areas for joint messages and/or future cooperation.

The conference involved presentations of the respective studies before focussing on workshop discussions on apprentice’s compensation/pay; the learning outcomes and qualifications of apprenticeship training; the cost-effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes and the employability of apprentices.


List of participants

Video “Towards a shared vision on apprenticeships”, May 2016

Employers’ final report on the cost-effectiveness of Apprenticeships, May 2016

A European quality framework for Apprenticeships – A European Trade Union proposal, May 2016

Joint statement of the European social partners, 30 May 2016

Presentation 1 – The cost-effectiveness of Apprenticeship schemes, Imanovation

Presentation 2 – Setting up a European Quality Framework for Apprenticeships,

A European Trade Union  proposal, by Jeff Bridgford, UNIONLEARN/Kings College London


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