Data on the employability in Europe illustrates that a significant number of young people are facing challenges during their transition from education to work and that skills mismatches exist between labour demand and supply. The lack of work or practical experience especially becomes a serious obstacle to young people’s ability to enter the labour market.
A promising way to face those challenges are apprenticeships; when they are of high quality, they promote the smoother transition of young people from HVET institutions to the world of work. However, their implementation is complex and the lack of European guidelines to support it seems to be preventing many of the actors in the sector to launch valuable, steady and sustainable Apprenticeship Programmes.
The ApprenticeshipQ (AppQ) project partners developed two Manuals, respectively for Professional Higher education institutions and SMEs, with the aim of giving the picture of the current situation about the quality of apprenticeships and enabling users to implement improvements. Together with the Manuals, an online tool will be soon launched by the project consortium to further support HVET institutions and SMEs in ensuring the quality of apprenticeships.
The webinar will present to the professional higher education community the Quality Apprenticeship Manuals and the online-tool developed by the AppQ project, while engaging decision-makers at institutional, national and EU-level so that successful innovation can be embraced and further supported top-down.
The webinar is organized in the framework of the ApprenticeshipQ project and will take place on 27 August 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CEST) on Zoom.
Speakers of the event are:
- Norbert Schöbel, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
- Jon Altuna, Academic Vice-Rector of Mondragon University
- Adam Gajek, Policy Advisor on Skills at EUROCHAMBRES
- Eva Fernandez de Labastida, Internationalisation and Project Manager, UNIBASQ
- Nina De Winter, Executive Committee member, European Students’ Union (ESU)
The discussion will be moderated by Vaidotas Viliunas, Policy and Project Officer of EURASHE.