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Title: Proposal for a Recommendation on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships
Author: [European Commission]
Series/Date: COM (2017) 563 final (05.10.17)
Source Origin: EU
Source Type: Policy-making
Notes: The European Commission published on 5 October 2017 a proposal for a Recommendation encouraging Member States to apply a comprehensive and coherent set of criteria for quality and effective apprenticeships.

The Council of the European Union adopted the proposed Recommendation on 15 March 2018.
Source URL: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52017PC0563
Homepage URL: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/collection/eu-law/pre-acts.html
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Keywords: European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships - New Skills Agenda for Europe - Apprenticeship schemes - Vocational education and training | VET - Youth employment - Transition to employment - COM / 2017 / 563
Subjects:  17.6.a - Vocational training
Geographic Indicators:  European Union
Background and further information:

The proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships follows up to the 2016 New Skills Agenda for Europe and the 2016 Communication on Investing in Europe's Youth. Both documents highlight the importance of skills formation and the need to support young people in acquiring those skills to make them better prepared for a successful professional career. This Recommendation provides orientation on how to put in place apprenticeship schemes that work and deliver results for both apprentices and employers.

This document also complements the initiatives facilitating young people's transition to employment, notably the Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships.

The overall objective is to increase the employability and personal development of apprentices and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and qualified workforce, responsive to labour market needs.

The specific objective is to provide a coherent framework for apprenticeships based on a common understanding of what defines quality and effectiveness, taking into account the diversity of vocational education and training (VET) systems in Member States.

The Recommendation was adopted by the Council of the European Union at a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council.

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