The review took place between July 2015 and July 2017 at the request of the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies. It examined apprenticeship Type 1: apprenticeship for vocational qualification and diploma, upper secondary education diploma and high technical specialisation certificate. This report presents the TCR key findings and suggestions for action to develop the scheme in the medium and long term. The underlying analysis largely relies on information collected from different stakeholders at various levels and in-depth discussions with the national steering group. The report identifies four areas of intervention: definition of an overall approach to apprenticeship Type 1, as a part of the education and training system; creation of a unified governance structure at national level; modification of some distinguishing features of the scheme; and strengthening company involvement. It is up to the national authorities whether and how to take these suggestions further.
Since May 2014, Cedefop has carried out Thematic Country Reviews on Apprenticeships in five volunteer countries: Lithuania and Malta as part of a first wave (2014-2015); Greece, Italy and Slovenia as part of a second wave (2015-2017). Cedefop has carried out a third wave of reviews in two more countries, Cyprus and Croatia, and piloted a lighter version of the TCR (flash TCRs) in Belgium (French-speaking Community) and Sweden.