The EU Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) celebrated its 4 years in Malta. UEAPME, as EU Social Partner and signatory party in Leipzig in 2013, was invited to the round table “Towards an EU Framework on Quality and Effective Apprenticeships”. EAfA looking ahead for more attractiveness of apprenticeship.
Social Affairs Director Liliane Volozinskis recalled that it is necessary to act at system level where Crafts Chambers and SME organisations should have an active role. In addition, more supportive measures and services at local level for a good return on investment are highly needed to make apprenticeship more attractive for micro-companies, especially in countries not having a well rooted tradition. On the future EU Framework for Apprenticeships, she explained that what matters for SMEs is quality and effectiveness of apprenticeship outcomes. Such a framework should focus on the right governance with social partners’ involvement, be broad and flexible enough to be adapted to each Member States’ reality.