The apprenticeship and work based learning at European and national level is recognized as a very good factor of integration into the labor market.
However, in France there is a decline in recruitment of apprentices, while countries such as Romania and Portugal with a lot of SMEs face the challenge to grow and involve more businesses in their apprenticeship system, while Finland has a very strong system.
The relationship with companies is organized by learning on doing by training centers for apprentices. This relationship between training center for apprentices and SMEs is today done empirically and is not supported by a training system or tools that allow a professionalization of the staff of apprenticeship training center.
The goal of the project is to encourage the development of apprenticeship and to participate to the achievement of the objectives set by the European Alliance for Apprenticeship.
For instance, through its pledge to EAA, AGEFA PME has confirmed its intention to:
“Mobilize SMEs to better develop apprenticeship opportunities. AGEFA-PME is committed to developing tools to help SMEs to assess their skills requirements, diagnose their capacity to train apprentices, recruit apprentices and assess their training offer and provide a quality work training…
…and one of the expected added value of the action lies in maintaining the same number of SME’s involved in apprenticeships despite the economic crisis. In addition to sectors areas that have been traditionally involved in apprenticeships, we aim that by supporting newcomers we will be able to reach new economic sectors.”
In this context, the project has two sets of objectives:
- Increase the number of SMEs involved in the apprenticeship offer thanks to:
- Enable SME’s to self-assess their ability to train apprentices;
- Improve expertise regarding the relationship with SMEs and support them in the implementation of the apprenticeship;
- Strengthen the professionalization of apprenticeship training centers and intermediary organizations regarding the support to SMEs.
- Preventing the drop out of SMEs from the apprenticeship system:
- Improve the support of the tutor;
- Prevent the risk of “dropping out” of the tutor.
These objectives must be achieved by the production of tools adapted for SMEs.