Benchmarking for Quality Assurance in Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning

Funding Programme

Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic Partnership in VET | CERV-2021-DAPHNE

Project Number



281.040,00 €


10/2018 - 10/2020 (24 months)


Lithuania, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Italy

The value of apprenticeship and work-based learning for supporting youth employment and matching skills with labour market needs is unquestionable as also the New Skills Agenda for Europe (June 2016) and the 2017 European Commission’s Work Programme have emphasised.

Despite the broad consensus among stakeholders including social partners, the introduction of apprenticeship in countries with no such culture and experience faces challenges; the two most important ones are:

1. To engage more companies in apprenticeship, with a focus on SMEs that are the vast majority of employers in Europe and especially in small countries.
2. To assure the quality of apprenticeships, so as to avoid phenomena of exploitation, the substitution of employment with apprenticeship and ensure that the apprenticeships have an added value for both the employer and the apprentice.
Responding to these challenges, the general objective of the project is to promote and ensure the quality of apprenticeship and work-based learning.

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