The joint Cedefop/OECD symposium on apprenticeship (7 October 2019) brings together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world to consider new research exploring the next steps for apprenticeship provision.
UPDATE: A preliminary agenda and confirmed presentations are uploaded below. Registration is now open (see the section on Participation and registration below) and is on a first-come, first-served basis. As slots are limited, we encourage you to register quickly.
Apprenticeship provision has a long history of enabling the transitions for young people from education into sustained skilled employment. Dependent on deep employer engagement, apprenticeships have proven to be an effective means of ensuring that the formative education and training of learners is well aligned to actual labour market needs.
In recent years, governments across Europe and the OECD have invested considerable resource in improving apprenticeship provision, introducing and reforming apprenticeships to reach ever more learners, both young people and increasingly adults. The consistent aim has been to ensure that apprenticeships are attractive to learners, to employers and to society, providing apprentices with skills demanded by employers while contributing to societal and economic well-being (OECD 2018). With countries developing apprenticeships within some very different policy approaches and national contexts (Cedefop, 2018), peer-learning opportunities are strong.
It is timely to look at the future of apprenticeship from the perspective of a number of external mega trends - such as socio-demographic changes, new technologies and new forms of work organisation, trends in education and training - and consider how they have affected (or will affect) the design and delivery of apprenticeship and policy approaches towards its provision.
Agenda and confirmed presentations
You may see the draft agenda at the bottom of this page. The following presentations are confirmed:
Participation and registration
Registration for general participants is now open through this link.
As seats available for general participants are limited, we invite you to register quickly. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Your registration will be confirmed ONLY when you receive an explicit confirmation by Cedefop staff. Do not proceed to travel arrangements before you get this explicit confirmation by Cedefop staff.
The working language during the symposium will be English. No interpretation will be provided.
Participation will be free of charge.