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Unions 4 vet. Project presentation - Claudia Oehl, German Trade Union Confederation


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FITT! final conference, 16th March Bruxelles
Workshop 2: Institution promoting quality apprenticeship in Europe: how can FITT! be transferred and mainstreamed? Inputs from stakeholders and institutions from Italy and Europe

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Unions 4 vet. Project presentation - Claudia Oehl, German Trade Union Confederation

  1. 1. Project presentation
  2. 2. Basic data • European Project sponsored & funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science • Duration: 1st June 2015 – 31st May 2017; prolongation until 31st May 2018 in preparation • Project management: bfw in close cooperation with DGB • Partner countries: Italy, Greece, Latvia, Portugal, and Slovakia
  3. 3. 1. Starting Point Following the Joint Declaration on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, the DGB committed itself in ETUC: - To support the alliance - To contribute to reforming, developing and enhancing apprenticeship systems - To raise awareness on the added value of apprenticeships among emloyers and youth - To disseminate information and take action on more attractive conditions for corporations and apprendices
  4. 4. 1. Starting Point ETUC´s recommendation on apprenticeship and work-based learning Apprenticeship schemes should be clearly defined on the basis of the proposal made by CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training: ´….systematic, long-term training alternating periods at the workplace and in an educational institution or training institutions. The apprentice is contractually linked to the employer and receives remuneration (wage or allowance). The employer assumes responsibility for providing the trainee with training leading to a specific occupation’
  5. 5. 2. Objectives • Strengthen the cooperation of trade unions with their respective partner organisations in the field of vocational education and training (apprenticeships) in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Latvia, and Slovakia • Promote the active involvement of social partners in the existing and planned initiatives for vocational training cooperation • Strengthen and consolidate the cooperation among the partner trade unions and expand the networking to other relevant organisations in the countries • Initiate learning processes and training dialogues for a quality framework and provide minimum standards
  6. 6. 3. Approach The project initiative has been set up to promote sustainable trade union cooperation in vocational training and to integrate them into dialogue processes of the relevant actors on the ground. - Networking and promoting cooperation in the field of vocational education and training (apprenticeships) with trade unions in partner countries - Specification of pilot projects and the exchange of peer review based on the results achieved with all partners - Preparation and transfer of results
  7. 7. 3. Approach • Vertical cooperation with Italy and Greece. Based on locally proposed pilot activities. • Greece: Development and testing of a qualification concept for apprenticeship mentors • Horizontal cooperation between all partners. • Availability of support to local pilot activities through: • "Train-the-Trainer": development and implementation of training modules • Development and proposition of training modules for tutors and trainers in enterprises • Seminars
  8. 8. 4. Implementation 2016 - 2017 • Continuation of the bilateral dialogue • South - South dialogue about the particular challenges of promoting in- company learning in Southern Europe (conference in Athens, Nov. 2016) • Exchange with representatives of the other German “strategic projects” SCIVET (crafts sector) and VETnet (industry)
  9. 9. 11 Italian Apprenticeships under Reform • CGIL Piemonte • CISL Piemonte • UIL Piemonte Unions4VET • Common project initiatives • Common training of trade unionists • Launch of pilot shop floor level bargaining together with • Supportive training to trade unionists Piedmont Trade Unions capacity to enhance quality of apprenticeships strengthened • Pilot shop floor agreements • Increased awareness of individual trade unionists • Stronger position of trade unions in the vocational training agenda 5. Unions4VET in Piedmont
  10. 10. 6. Implementation – broader and deeper cooperation 05/2017 – 05/2018 • Regional expansion by involvement of further Italian regions • International expansion by networking with trade unions in South Africa and Costa Rica • Support to partner trade unions for an active role in the relevant structures of governance • Networking of the trade unions partners with the national activities of the SCIVET (crafts) and VETnet-projects (industry) • Implementation of further pilot projects
  11. 11. 7. Delivery and transfer of results • Formulation of recommended actions (integration European Alliance for Apprenticeships) • Preparation and dissemination of results to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science, ETUC and public • Closing Conference
  12. 12. Contact: Hans Ulrich Nordhaus DGB Federal Executive Committee Department – Educational Works and Policies Tel.: 0049-30 - 24060 - 382 E-Mail: Martin Roggenkamp bfw-Unternehmen für Bildung Tel.: 0049-(0)151-27083064 E-Mail: Claudia Oehl Tel.: 0039-340 560 34 02 E-Mail: