Cedefop is organising a conference addressed to a wide range of stakeholders with a role in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in increasing their apprenticeship offer (9-10 November, Thessaloniki).

This initiative is part of Cedefop’s support to the European alliance for apprenticeships, which aims to strengthen supply of apprenticeships and improve their quality and image.

It is one of a series of Cedefop conferences to enable interaction, cross-country dialogue and experience-sharing among relevant stakeholders for apprenticeships, all focused on supporting bilateral/multilateral cooperation for apprenticeship boost and modernisation. The first conference of this type was organised in May 2014.

This year’s event will discuss how SMEs can be better engaged in apprenticeships, and give an opportunity to participants to network and to explore areas and ideas for cooperation on how to assist SMEs in the provision of apprenticeships, in particular those which have not trained apprentices before.

Preregister by 15 September

Participants will be public authorities, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training providers, large, small and medium-sized companies from EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries, EU candidate countries, EU potential candidate countries and the Swiss Confederation. European-level networks and organisations will also take part.

If you are interested in participating, please fill in the preregistration form by 15 September. You will receive confirmation of your participation no later than 17 September.

If the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of available places, Cedefop may decide to assess the applications to ensure wide stakeholder participation and national representation.

Cedefop will cover travel and accommodation expenses for speakers and participants with an active role.