The members of Cedefop’s community of apprenticeship experts held their annual meeting, which this year was a virtual event, on 16 September.

A long-term initiative of Cedefop’s Department for Learning and Employability, the community aims at strengthening and expanding the knowledge on apprenticeships in Europe. The experts’ voluntary collaboration is expected to improve the understanding of apprenticeship schemes and ultimately support their quality implementation in Europe.

Access to stable expert contact points in the countries provides insights on national developments and the national relevance of EU/European initiatives, by also covering existing gaps in information retrieval from the countries in specific areas of concern. In this sense, the community is conceived as a knowledge hub and reference point for apprenticeships in Europe. 

The community currently gathers 31 experts from EU Member States, the UK, Iceland and Norway. The meeting's main objectives were to take stock of the 2020 activities and to look forward to the community’s strategic orientation for 2021 onwards.