Strengthening the quality, supply and image of apprenticeship in Europe, in order to facilitate the integration of young people into the labor market, is a priority not only for the European Commission but also for a large number of Member States of the Union. At the European level, important initiatives have been launched in recent years, including the creation of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships in 2013 and the launch in 2017 of the Erasmus Pro initiative to promote the long mobility of apprentices. . It is nevertheless within the Member States that the protagonists responsible for developing learning in Europe are acting.
In this context, how to improve the synergies between European action and national action? Should EU technical and/or financial support for national reforms be strengthened? What are the levers to be mobilized to reinforce the mobility of apprentices and what are the obstacles faced by apprentices, businesses and apprenticeship centers? More broadly, what can be done to give a greater taste for learning in Europe?
If you want to know more on this topic, you can read “Erasmus Pro : pour un million de jeunes apprentis européens d’ici 2020” (Tribune, May 2015, in French) and “Extending Erasmus: a New Impetus for Youth Mobility in Europe” (Policy Paper by Sofia Fernandes and Yves Bertoncini, June 2017).