Serbia joins European Alliance for Apprenticeships

Serbia joins the European Alliance for Apprenticeships - now all EU candidate countries are on board!

ETF partner country and EU candidate country Serbia has joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

Managed by the European Commission, in close cooperation with EU social partners, the alliance involves a wide range of stakeholders, working together to strengthen the quality, supply, image and mobility of apprenticeships and work-based learning. The commission has stressed the importance of apprenticeships and the EAfA in the context of the new Skills Agenda for Europe.

Joining the alliance, Serbian Education Minister Mladen Šarčević says participation will ‘improve supply, attractiveness, relevance and quality of apprenticeships in all levels of the education system, including vocational education and training (VET).’

A number of priority areas have been flagged by Serbia to achieve this: strengthening and implementing the dual education law (work-based learning) together with social partners and employers, and an increased focus on entrepreneurial learning and adult education.

This approach will help strengthen connections between VET and labour market needs, improve employability, particularly for young people, and increase the attractiveness of VET and lifelong learning.

Serbia's participation means all EU candidate countries - Albania, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey - are now part of the alliance.

The ETF continues to facilitate and support their efforts to contribute actively to EAfA. In cooperation with DG EMPL, the ETF will host a seminar for alliance stakeholders in Montenegro in October.


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