Commission launches renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships

Today, on World Youth Skills Day, the European Commission launches the renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), a key initiative under Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation presented by the Commission on 1 July. The EAfA unites governments and key stakeholders with the aim of strengthening the quality, supply and overall image of apprenticeships across Europe, while also promoting the mobility of apprentices. These aims are promoted through national commitments andvoluntary pledges from stakeholders. Apprenticeships are an excellent way for people to gain real work experience to become ready for the world of work. They also act as an intelligent HR tool for companies looking to hire in the future. The Commission is renewing the Alliance to contribute to a sustained offer of quality apprenticeships, especially in the digital and green areas. Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said: “The apprentices of today are the highly skilled workers we need tomorrow. However, apprentices are strongly affected by the coronavirus containment measures. Smaller businesses, in particular, are struggling to offer apprenticeships. This renewed Alliance will support companies, in particular SMEs, in their efforts.” Since 2013, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships has made available more than 900,000 apprenticeship places. To launch the renewed Alliance, Commissioner Schmit hosts a high-level event today from 16:30 to 18:00. Speakers include Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister for Education and Research, and Hubertus Heil, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs on behalf of the German Presidency, as well as social partners, businesses, chambers of commerce, regions and youth organisations. You can register for the event here.