Joint EAfA – ILO High Level Conference

Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (EU) and International Labour Standards in Apprenticeships (ILO)

The ILO and the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) are jointly organizing a high-level conference of apprenticeships on 15-16 March 2021.

As announced by Commissioner Schmit at the European Vocational Skills Week, the European Commission (DG EMPL) and the ILO are co-organising a High-level conference on apprenticeships to commemorate the three years since the adoption of the Council Recommendation on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships while contributing to the work led by the ILO on developing an international labour standard on apprenticeships, which will be discussed by constituents of ILO member States during the 110th session of the International Labour Conference in 2022. 

The main objectives of the conference are:
  • To share the ILO’s expertise and experience in promoting Quality Apprenticeships among its member States around the world;
  • To take stock of the EAfA’s experience in implementing the European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships, which will contribute to ILO’s efforts in developing an international labour standard on apprenticeships.

The conference will serve as an important occasion to take stock of national apprenticeship reforms in the EU and ILO member States, as well as to share good practices and lessons learned. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the following key topics, including:

  • The role of national apprenticeship coalitions in promoting national reforms;
  • The need to better involve social partners in the development and management of apprenticeship schemes;
  • The future of apprenticeships;
  • The importance of ensuring that the voice of apprentices is heard.

Being an annual event of the EAfA, the conference aims to bring together EAfA members, apprenticeship experts and key stakeholders at the European level. The ILO will bring a global perspective of the event by inviting apprenticeship experts in other regions such as Asian and Africa, as well as social partners including representatives from the IOE and ITUC.

The online event is open to representatives of governments, social partners, development partners and other stakeholders who have an interest in establishing and strengthening apprenticeships around the world.

Register for the event here.