ERIC Number: ED389860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Present Situation and the Future Prospects of Apprenticeship Training in the European Union. Contribution for the FORCE Seminar in Dublin on 30.09.94 with Participants from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. European Report. CEDEFOP Panorama. First Edition.
Until the present, in those countries where it exists, a craft apprenticeship is a precondition for access to a profession or authorization to set up one's own business. With the spread of advanced technical training schools, technical colleges, and universities in the Member States of the European Community, a decline in the attractiveness of apprenticeship training has been observed. It has developed into the second-best alternative for young persons who cannot continue their schooling or undergo further training for social or material reasons. Companies seem to be retreating from involvement in training at the same time that the number of training opportunities is decreasing. If apprenticeship training is to be maintained and extended, a number of prerequisites must be fulfilled including: parallel systematic training in intercompany group training centers or in part-time vocational schools; constant observation of new occupational requirements and the permanent modernization of the occupational profiles or standards to prevent outdated knowledge and skills; and the making of apprenticeship more attractive with certificates equivalent to the corresponding school qualifications. (Table 1 provides legal bases and definition of apprenticeship training in Member States. Table 2 illustrates number of occupations/branches, type of certification, and equivalence in the Member States.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (Germany).