Youth employment: Commission proposes traineeship standards, Bosch makes a pledge for apprenticeships

Guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job, have been proposed today by the European Commission. The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary.

Traineeships are a key element of the Youth Guarantee proposed by the European Commission in December 2012 and adopted by the EU’s Council of Ministers in April 2013. Currently one in three traineeships is substandard with regard to working conditions or learning content, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey (IP/13/1161). Many of these substandard traineeships are used by employers to replace entry level jobs.

Another one of the four pillars of the Youth Guarantee is the European Alliance for Apprenticeships which brings together public authorities, business and social partners, VET providers, youth representatives and other key actors such as chambers in order to coordinate and upscale different initiatives for successful apprenticeship type schemes. In the framework of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, the Robert Bosch GmbH has now made a pledge to create 100 additional apprenticeship positions for young people from Southern Europe in 2014. The 50 new training places in Germany will be filled by applicants from Spain, while an additional 50 young people outside Germany will follow the program at Bosch locations in Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The technology and services company has set aside some 7.5 million euros in funding for the initiative over the next four years.

Source: European Commission, Robert Bosch GmbH


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