This EU-wide study commissioned by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities provides a comprehensive and comparative overview of traineeship arrangements, including legislative/regulatory and quality assurance frameworks, in all 27 Member States.

Traineeships are seen as an effective mechanism which allows young people to familiarise themselves with the world of work, thus facilitating their transition from education (or a period of inactivity or unemployment) to employment.

However, there are also growing concerns across the EU about the quality and fairness of traineeships as well as their effectiveness as a school-to-work transition mechanism.

Cedefop's work is referred.

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