The event aimed at sharing the best practices implemented by regions for apprenticeship and youth policies. Regional representatives were the main speakers as well as the target group of the event to bring a regional perspective on the topic to the European institutions.
Mr Felix Rohn (DG Education Audiovisual Culture) emphasised that the Alliance for Apprenticeship establishes common guiding principles. He set out some of the things that the alliance has done during 2014: the ET2020 working group on VET, an apprenticeship call, a conference organised by Cedefop, the European Business Forum on VET 2014 and continuous monitoring by Cedefop.
Mr Rohn specializes in the Erasmus+ programme and his presentation focused on this. Apprentices are explicitly mentioned as eligible participants of Erasmus+. One of the VET priorities is developing partnerships between education and employment. Concerning mobility, VET traineeships are offered abroad from 2 weeks to 12 months. These placements take place in a work place. There is a quality framework relating to the learning outcomes and learning agreement that must be set out and the traineeship and any qualifications from it should be validated and recognized.
The aims of strategic partnerships in VET are to increase the labour market relevance of learning provision and qualifications and to promote the involvement of local and regional authorities in the qualitative development of education and training. The Commission believes that apprenticeships are a qualitative process.
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