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There is broad strategic consensus in Europe that work-based learning helps young people gain the skills that can improve their employability and facilitate the transition from school to the labour market. Despite the numerous and strong evidence that apprenticeship can be an effective way of addressing labour market imbalances, there are obstacles to establishing quality education systems.

Towards a better understanding of the apprenticeship schemes, supporting the stakeholders in the implementation of vocational education development strategies and the promotion of apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning, of particular importance is the activity of reporting: to give an overview of successful policies, qualitative and quantitative data, good practice examples and to discuss different elements of apprenticeships.

Below we list some recently published documents on vocational education and training that are relevant to the implementation of Cap4App project activities and may be of interest to others.


OECD (2017), Striking the right balance: costs and benefit of apprenticeship

European Commission (2017), Business cooperating with vocational education and training providers for quality skills and attractive futures

European Commission (2017), Teachers and trainers in work-based learning/apprenticeships

ILO (2017), ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships. Volume I: Guide for Policy Makers

OECD (2017) Incentives for apprenticeship

Cedefop,The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe
Volume 1: conceptions of vocational education and training: an analytical framework
Volume 2: results of a survey among European VET experts
Volume 3: the responsiveness of European VET systems to external change (1995-2015)

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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