At an event on governance and financing of apprenticeships, organised by CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), UEAPME members highlighted the need for effective VET systems and support for SMEs.
Presenting a normative model to establish the best conditions for apprenticeship, CEDEFOP made recommendations for improving VET systems in a number of countries. UEAPME Adviser Arnold de Boer highlighted the importance of avoiding a one size-fits-all model and of adapting to countries, sectors, and size of companies to see what works best.
He also stressed the importance of demand-driven apprenticeship systems, business-education partnerships, and a clearly defined governance structure involving chambers and business organisations. UEAPME is currently engaged in a project with the European cross-industry employers’ organisations analysing the cost-effectiveness of apprenticeships