Opening speech

EAfA 4th Regional Seminar for Candidate Countries Skopje "Engagement of SMEs in Work Based Learning"


The purpose of the seminar was to discuss the latest policy developments in apprenticeships and work-based learning (WBL) in EU Candidate Countries and share experiences between them and European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) members.


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a platform managed by the European Commission in close cooperation with EU social partners that brings together governments with other key stakeholders, for instance business associations, individual companies, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply, image and mobility of apprenticeships in Europe.

The EAfA has so far mobilised 36 countries, including 27 EU Member States, and 294 stakeholders to engage in quality apprenticeships. All five Candidate Countries - Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey - joined the Alliance. The Alliance has facilitated networking, cooperation and sharing of good practices and Cedefop and the ETF have provided strategic expert support. The Alliance has equally contributed to raising awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships.

The event in Skopje was the 4th in a series of regional events hosted by the Candidate Countries.

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