London still faces one of the highest rates of youth unemployment and the second lowest take up of apprenticeships in the country. Yet paradoxically some of the best results and highest performing schools in the country. Set this against a back drop of a game changing UK national policy agenda – the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy; the Post 16 Skills Plan - Sainsbury Review into vocational education and a newly established Institute for Apprenticeships.

So what’s going on in the world of vocational education and employment in Europe and their plans for the future?

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a good start and there are a number of useful resources:

Apprenticeship Toolbox in one place you can see good examples from key countries i.e. Germany, and Austria. It provides an economic context, apprenticeship system, education and VET system, recent developments, country report for each.

The Conféderation Construction Bruxelles-Capitale pilot project on apprenticeships in the Brussels region in the construction sector. See their youtube on increasing the attractiveness (you can get English subtitles)

Employers’ final report on The Cost-Effectiveness of Apprenticeships – Making the Business Case for Apprenticeships

The First European Vocation Skills Week is taking place 5 to 9 December 2016

Good for Youth, Good for Business- examples of successful and inspiring apprenticeships policy initiatives and projects across Europe.

By Lucy Sandford, Partnership for Young London