The future of young people in the labor market is a huge challenge and a lot of debate has been going on around it! In this context the vocational orientation and training of young people, including apprentices, is totally linked to our field of interest. Members of MoveIt have participated in the European Apprentices Network (EAN), which has been established in 2017 by the European Youth Forum and the Organizing Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), with the support of the European Commission. The network brings together apprentices and young people working for organizations representing the interests of apprentices, and calls for apprenticeships to be considered more than a quick fix to youth unemployment, but rather learning opportunities to be tailored to the needs and rights of apprentices themselves. In this framework, EAN has established seven key priorities and encourages all stakeholders, particularly policy makers at all levels, to shape apprenticeship programs on the basis of these priorities. Namely:

  • Quality education and quality assurance
  • Rights, responsibilities and protection
  • Legally binding agreements
  • Representation
  • Promoting apprenticeships
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Accessible information

MoveIt members, also as members of EAN, have actively participated in the European Vocational Skills Week 2017, 2018 and 2019, in Brussels, Vienna and Helsinki, organized by the European Commission, and have significantly supported and promoted the voice of VET students and apprentices!

“Everything by apprentices, for apprentices!”