The joint Cedefop/OECD symposium on apprenticeship brings together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world to consider new research and practice exploring the future of apprenticeship provision.
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 20181). With countries developing apprenticeships within some very different policy approaches and national contexts (Cedefop, 20182), 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. Against this backdrop, the symposium organisers would welcome contributions on how apprenticeship provision is changing or would need to change in response to the following areas:
1 – Socio-demographic and socio-economic long-term structural trends
2 – New technologies and labour market changes
3 – New forms of work organisation
4 – Trends in education and training