EP4A https://supportapprenticeships.eu European Partnership for Apprenticeships Fri, 28 Sep 2018 07:31:42 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.9 Get involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships: 5th EP4A newsletter https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships-5th-ep4a-newsletter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships-5th-ep4a-newsletter https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships-5th-ep4a-newsletter/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:11:03 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=2291 ]]> https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships-5th-ep4a-newsletter/feed/ 0 EP4A Final Project Partners’ Meeting in Zagreb https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/ep4a-final-project-partners-meeting-in-zagreb/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ep4a-final-project-partners-meeting-in-zagreb https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/ep4a-final-project-partners-meeting-in-zagreb/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:00:24 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=2266 The fifth and final partners’ meeting for the Erasmus+ project Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships was held on 13 and 14 September 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia. Partners from Croatia, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Serbia discussed the project implementation during the last two quarters.

The meeting started with partners’ impressions from the project final conference held on 12 September 2018 in Zagreb. Partners’ representatives expressed their satisfaction with the organised conference, which not only presented implemented project activities and their impact in project countries but also gathered numerous experts in the area of apprenticeship making it a relevant expert conference.

The meeting continued with the presentations on project activities implemented in each project country and partners shared information on the development of the vocational education and training in their countries. Also, partners presented their attractiveness campaign and dissemination activities. Since the sustainability of the project is very important, partners discussed the implementation of the Exploitation Action Road Map activities after the project ends and in accordance with the input from partners, the document was updated. Also, the Project Management Committee meeting was held where its members discussed the preparation of the Final Report and the Quality Assurance Experts Meeting was held to discuss the quality of project results which have been finished.

Since this was the last partners’ meeting, the representatives from partner organisations expressed their satisfaction with the EP4A project and especially praised the project management by the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Also, they expressed their interest for future cooperation on projects in the area of vocational education and training.

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The international expert conference concludes the project Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/the-international-expert-conference-concludes-the-project-get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-international-expert-conference-concludes-the-project-get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/the-international-expert-conference-concludes-the-project-get-involved-in-ep4a-european-partnerships-for-apprenticeships/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:43:58 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=2256 On 12 September 2018, the final conference of Erasmus+ project Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships was held in the hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb. The implementation of the project started in October 2016 with the aim to promote apprenticeships by building partnerships between all relevant stakeholders in vocational education and training – i.e. public institutions, chambers, social partners, vocational schools and employers. The leading project partner was the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts while remaining partners were Rinova Ltd from the United Kingdom, the Regional Development Agency Senec-Pezinok from Slovakia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia – Regional Chamber of Moravice and Raška Administrative Districts from Serbia and Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria from Germany as the associated partner.

The welcoming speech was given by Mr Dragutin Ranogajec, the President of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, who specially pointed out the important role of craftsmen in the implementation of practical training in vocational education and training emphasizing that Croatian craftsmen accepted and took the responsibility to teach young people, acknowledged the importance and need for the work-based learning method and have been implementing “life-ready school” for years.

Partnership formation and apprenticeship promotion

Ms Mirela Lekić, MSc, the Head of Department for Education and Human Resources Development at the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, presented the project aims to emphasize two main EP4A project results: partnership formation between all key stakeholders and raising the awareness of employers about the benefits of apprenticeship through targeted attractiveness campaign.

After that, the EP4A project results in project countries were presented. Ms Nevena Kurteš from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts pointed out specially the role of apprenticeship ambassadors in Croatia as well as the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on the apprenticeship partnership formation, which was signed in Croatia in January 2018 on the highest level between relevant ministries, the Agency for Vocational Education and Adult Learning and two chambers – the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Ms Sheniz Tan presented project results from the United Kingdom where the project triggered possible new apprenticeship partnerships. Apprenticeship system in the United Kingdom and in Germany were good practice examples for this project. Ms Eva Balazovicova presented project results in Slovakia, where project activities were successfully included and coordinated with national activities for the development of dual education.  Finally, the results from Serbia were presented by Ms Ivana Marković. The project had the great impact in Serbia where it successfully helped in introducing and development of dual education. As the result of project promotional activities, the increased interest of students for occupations in dual education was recorded thanks to secured placements for practical training at the workplace.


Ms Irina Jemeljanova from CEDEFOP presented novelties in the development of vocational education and training on the EU level as well as “Thematic Country Review for Croatia”. The study has the special focus on the unified model of education (JMO), which has been recognized as the Croatian model of dual education.



Quality apprenticeship through cooperation

After presentations, the panel discussion was organised under the topic “Cooperation and partnership for quality apprenticeship”, and it gathered expert in the area of vocational education and training from all partner countries. Ms Barbara Peinel from the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria emphasized the importance of chambers’ role in vocational education and training, while Ms Ruth Richardson from Creative & Cultural Skills pointed out briefly the key characteristics of the UK apprenticeship system and also addressed the issue of vertical mobility since apprenticeship is not part of regular education in the United Kingdom. Mr Milan Kuzma from the State Institute for Vocational Education in Slovakia emphasized especially the importance of sharing experiences in vocational education and training between different countries and pointed out that the issue in Slovakia is that vocational occupations are being unattractive, which was also addressed by Ms Ana Mandac, the assistant minister in Croatian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. She presented measures by the ministry in order to motivate students to enrol in craft occupations and especially praised the good cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Ms Mirjana Kovačević from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia described how the dual education has been introduced in Serbia and also pointed out that it is not possible to simply copy the existing system from another country but the national circumstances need to be taken into account. She also acknowledged the good cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia. Ms Irina Jemeljanova, the CEDEFOP representative, concluded that the unified model of education (JMO) should be considered as “the Cinderella who requires more care and attention in order to turn into a princess”.


Awarding the “trademark” for conducting apprenticeship

After the panel discussion, the short movie about apprenticeship ambassadors from Croatia was shown and after it, Mr Dragutin Ranogajec, the President of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts awarded them the “trademark”, which was designed and printed as the part of EP4A project activities. “Trademark” is the sign of quality for crafts, small and medium enterprises which participate in the apprenticeship, and the award ceremony was first organized at the EP4A final conference. Ambassadors who received the “trademark” were Ms Klaudija Fadljević Gomerčić, Mr Petar Klopotan, Mr Slavko Petrinec, Mr Josip Ribičić, Ms Mirjana Šeb Čišmežija, Mr Tomislav Šimić, Mr Joško Tafra and Mr Miljenko Vuk. Also, ambassadors signed the Statement of Support to Apprenticeship Partnership. Mr Joško Tafra held a brief speech in the name of all ambassadors, emphasizing the importance of projects, such as the EP4A project, which was designed in order to help craftsmen and to make their work easier. The employer from Serbia, Mr Ivan Radovanović was also awarded a “trademark” by Ms Mirjana Kovačević from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia.



Mr Zoran Varga from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts presented the conference conclusions emphasizing that all project partners will continue to work on improving the vocational education and training in their countries. All project partners have signed the Declaration of Intent on the future co-operation in the area of vocational education and training and future projects related to work-based learning and apprenticeship.



All photographs from the conference can be seen below.




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Announcement of the EP4A Final Conference https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/announcement-of-the-ep4a-final-conference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcement-of-the-ep4a-final-conference https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/announcement-of-the-ep4a-final-conference/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:01:37 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=2015 The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts together with its partners is pleased to announce that the Erasmus+ Project Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships will hold its final conference

on 12 September 2018

in Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Croatia.

The Erasmus+ Project Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships aimed to promote apprenticeships by building partnerships between key stakeholders in vocational education and training, as well as to raise the awareness of apprenticeship benefits among crafts, small and medium sized enterprises through numerous activities such as the formation of apprenticeship partnership and organising info days, study visits, preparing employers’ guides and conducting promotional campaigns in the partner countries (Croatia, the UK, Slovakia and Serbia).

The aim of the final conference is to close the project work and gather representatives of key stakeholders as well as European level experts in the field of apprenticeship and vocational education and training as a way to drive forward and further systematize the process and momentum of work-based learning and accompanied VET reforms in the partner countries and beyond.

Conference agenda will be published soon.

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Memorandum of Understanding signed in Slovakia https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/memorandum-of-understanding-signed-in-slovakia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=memorandum-of-understanding-signed-in-slovakia https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/memorandum-of-understanding-signed-in-slovakia/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:48:18 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=2002 Dual Education and Dual System are hot topics on national policy level, and many big employers are already actively engaged. But to get the system working for young people on larger scale, we need to get it to the everyday life of our vocational schools and our SMEs – to explain, to engage, to motivate, to link, and to support them. This work requires synergy and partnership on the very local levels, and within the EP4A project, we have put together a regional Apprenticeship Partnership in Bratislava region. The regional Apprenticeship Partnership is based on a Memorandum of Understanding linking the regional actors – intermediary bodies Slovak Chamber of Crafts – Regional Branch Bratislava, Bratislava Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Regional Development Agency Senec-Pezinok – and the national body State Institute of Vocational Education coordinating the Dual System in Slovakia. The Memorandum of Understanding entered into force with the signature of the last party to the contract on 29 June 2018. The signatories agreed to support each other in their activities aimed at enhancing the development of the Dual Education, to exchange information, contacts, experts and know-how, and possibly develop further joint initiatives aimed at Dual Education.

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VET expert conference: “The Future of Vocational Education and Training in Europe” https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/vet-expert-conference-the-future-of-vocational-education-and-training-in-europe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vet-expert-conference-the-future-of-vocational-education-and-training-in-europe https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/vet-expert-conference-the-future-of-vocational-education-and-training-in-europe/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:53:30 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=1992 Members of apprenticeship partnership in Croatia formed as the part of project activities within the Erasmus+ project “Get Involved in EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeships” participate at the VET expert conference “The Future of Vocational Education and Training in Europe” in Vienna.

Building on an in-depth analysis of current developments and challenges presented to vocational education and training (VET) in Europe, including digitalisation, demographic ageing or structural changes in the labour market, conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss potential future scenarios.

The question of how national and European VET policies need to respond to the identified challenges in order to define sustainable policy priorities for the future is at the core of these discussions.

The conference will bring together European stakeholders, officials and experts in the field of VET to discuss their joint vision of VET in Europe post 2020. Outcomes will serve as an important input to the ongoing discussion and to the further work in the field of VET during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.




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Mr Zvonko Tufegdžić, the director of Regional Chamber of Moravice and Raška Administrative Districts, emphasized that the City of Čačak has provided the biggest support to the economy and helped enterprises and secondary schools in the region, which has been the significant reason to sign the Memorandum of Understanding in Čačak. In this way, the more serious cooperation between schools and enterprises is established, while local authorities will continue to participate in financing transportation costs for students, and the Regional Chamber will provide support in further networking between schools and enterprises.

Ms Milica Dačić, the Deputy Mayor, emphasized that the City of Čačak tries to support all current tendencies in accordance with the national level policies and which are under the authority of Ministry of Science, Education and Technological Development. She pointed out that the concept of dual education, which existed earlier only as an idea, now requires different approach since the Law has been voted. Students, besides theoretical knowledge, need to experience real life situations through work and practical skills and to develop themselves further.

Mr Ivan Radovanović, the financial director of P.S. Fashion, said that company’s managing board has been satisfied with the development of 15 students from the Secondary School for Engineering and Traffic, who have  enrolled in occupational profile for fashion tailors and that they will continue their cooperation in school year 2018/19.

Next Apprenticeship Partnership meeting will be held on 31 May 2018 in Čačak.

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EP4A Workshop and Info-day in Slovakia: Partnerships for the future – How to support reinforcement of dual education through co-operation https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/ep4a-workshop-and-info-day-in-slovakia-partnerships-for-the-future-how-to-support-reinforcement-of-dual-education-through-co-operation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ep4a-workshop-and-info-day-in-slovakia-partnerships-for-the-future-how-to-support-reinforcement-of-dual-education-through-co-operation https://supportapprenticeships.eu/en/ep4a-workshop-and-info-day-in-slovakia-partnerships-for-the-future-how-to-support-reinforcement-of-dual-education-through-co-operation/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 07:35:03 +0000 https://supportapprenticeships.eu/?p=1957 A statewide presentation display „Young creator 2018“ was held as a two-day event from 26th to 27th April at the national exhibition ground Agrokomplex Nitra. Its main goal was not only to support the secondary education but also to back the system of dual education by providing equal opportunities to engage both parties – students as well as the employers. This unique fair offered space not only for standard employers but also for small and medium businesses, employers´ and Labour associations.

In the framework of our project „Get involved in EP4A: European partnerships for Apprenticeships”, realized with support from ERASMUS+ programme, we took this opportunity and organized so-called EP4A Info days held throughout the whole fair – our presentation stand provided information about the system of dual education, options of participation and main benefits for those who are willing to engage. We handed out a lot of info-material, mostly the „Guide book for an employer on the system of dual education”, in which we clearly and practically  summarized all information needed for an employer to get engaged in the system of dual education.

The attendance and interest was big and positive, so together with overall positive atmosphere we can only consider the event as redeeming and successful. We believe that our contribution has increased the awareness of such possibilities as well as our assistance being provided to the relevant stakeholders.

As a part of EP4A Info days and the national exhibition we also organized a so-called Follow-Up Workshop: Partnerships for the Future – How to support reinforcement of dual education through co-operation, which took place on 26th April 2018. This workshop was devoted to the introduction of the project „EP4A“ and mainly the dual education system as such including its benefits for employers. We also mentioned some prepared changes in the amendment to the law, which if accepted, would become effective from September 2018.

The workshop was mainly designed for employers, small and medium businesses or self-employers, but also the representatives of the State institute for vocational education took part as well as the representatives of Regional dual point Nitra, employers´ chambers and Profession associations. Such participation created a perfect ground for discussion, with the main topic of evaluating of how the system of the dual education could be more effectively. It was agreed that co-operation as a base for well-functioning partnerships is the key. The output of the discussion as well as the entire workshop will be a proposal of Memorandum of co-operation, which should reinforce team work mainly on a regional platform.

In case of further interest, please contact us on info@rrasenec-pezinok.sk


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The welcoming speech was held by Ms Mirela Lekić, Head of Department for Education and Human Resources Development, and after that the EP4A project activities were presented to participants. Topics of the meeting included activities from 4 areas: non-financial and financial support, legal framework, promotion and quality assurance.

During the meeting, participants had the opportunity to present activities from given areas which were conducted by their organisations and which were related to apprenticeship system in Croatia. Ms Ana Puh, the higher advisor in Department for matching education and labour market, presented the activities of Ministry of Labour and Pension System, while Ms Irena Ištvanić, the Head of Department for green and creative industries at the Agency for Vocational Education and Adult Education, presented workshops titled “Enhancement possibilities of educational process in work-based learning for craft professions”, which were organised in December 2017. Also, Ms Lana Lukačić, the Head of Centre for Career Informing and Counselling, presented activities of Croatian Employment Service. Ms Danijela Žagar, the Head of Department for Vocational Education, Clusters and Cooperatives at the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, presented changes in the area of legal framework and financial supports that ministry offers. From the employers’ side, Ms Dubravka Korzo from metallurgy craft “Korzo” presented the promotion she conducts as the employer to make craft occupations more attractive.

At the end of meeting, all participants agreed on subjects for the next meeting, which was agreed to be organised in October 2018. Also, participants agreed that apprenticeship partnership meetings should be organised in 6 months intervals.

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