Evidence of effectiveness
The number of beneficiaries reached in 2016 was 30,077. The more recent evaluation on the results of the instrument, dated 2013, draws on data covering the period 2007- 2013. The aim of the evaluation was not the apprenticeship courses, but the measures to fight early school leavers, which covers the training measures with double certification (including apprenticeship courses). This evaluation concluded that the employability levels associated with the apprenticeship courses are always higher, compared to those associated with training in general, especially in the case of male participants. In this sense, as a training measure, the results in terms of employability are very positive. These courses also present very low failure and drop-out rates. In this report, it is stated that the number of beneficiaries will reach 100,000 by 2020. The evaluation concluded that 9 months after the conclusion of the training, 44.2% of the apprenticeship courses students were working, comparing to 10% of the students that were in the regular secondary education. Former apprentices also have less precarious employment conditions.
Engagement of stakeholders
The relation between stakeholders is established at local level through protocols in order to stimulate the partner’s network. The regional delegations of IEFP have a list of certified training providers that cooperate when IEFP training centres do not have the capacity to provide all the training or local priorities advice the involvement of partners. The companies/employers where the on-the job training takes place are selected by the training centres and a protocol is established between the entities. The training centre monitors the conditions provided by the employer for the on-the-job training. There is a monitoring committee that monitors and evaluates the apprenticeship courses. This committee meets quarterly and consists of two members from IEFP, representatives from the social partners, one representative from the Ministry of Education, one representative from the National Agency for Qualification and two people of recognised merit in the area of employment and vocational training (appointed by the government).