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2021 joint Cedefop/OECD symposium: Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies

Cedefop and the OECD announce the 2021 joint symposium on Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies.

The event will take place on 21-22 October 2021 (virtual event).

UPDATE 4 August: Draft programme is now available.
Preregistration of general participants is now open.
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The joint Cedefop/OECD symposium on apprenticeship brings together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world to consider new research or analysis of practices exploring the links between apprenticeships and the transition towards greener economies and societies, as well as the implications for policy-making.

After a period of relative neglect in many countries, the past decade has witnessed a revival of apprenticeships, in recognition of their effectiveness in easing school-to-work transitions, but also increasingly because of their particular potential for developing skills closely tied to labour market needs.

The transition to a green economy and society aims at mitigating the environmental impact of human activity, including investment in environmentally friendly technologies, better waste management and land use, and changes in production, consumption and behaviour patterns, among others. Ambitious climate change mitigation policies are not only good for the environment, but also for jobs. The OECD’s 2020 Ministerial Council Statement highlights that OECD country recovery plans will boost growth, incomes and employment while promoting cleaner and more sustainable economies.

These changes have implications for preparing, reskilling and upskilling the workforce. Both the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal (EGD) – the EU growth strategy – recognise that skills development is an indispensable pillar for the transition. Possessing the right set of skills will be essential in supporting worker mobility from sectors and jobs with declining employment – for example the oil and gas, agriculture, aviation and tourism sectors – to sectors such as renewable energy industries, where job opportunities rise rapidly; it will also be essential in creating a qualified workforce in the long term in a greener labour market. Apprenticeships can provide opportunities to develop the right skills for the green transition, both for young people in initial education and for adults in need of upskilling or reskilling.

Key dates for paper authors:

Selected contributions will be presented during the symposium and/or included in the subsequent dedicated publication.
- Deadline for abstract submissions: 3 May 2021 - Call for papers is closed
- Announcement of accepted abstracts: 20 May 2021
- Deadline for draft full papers of accepter abstracts: 23 July 2021
- Deadline for symposium presentations: 30 September 2021
- Symposium: 21-22 October 2021
- Deadline for final full papers: January 2022
- Estimated publication date: July 2022


You may contact Cedefop apprenticeship team Cedefop apprenticeship team for further clarifications.

See more on Cedefop and OECD joint work on apprenticeship on the 2019 joint Cedefop/OECD symposium on The next steps for apprenticeship, which resulted in a publication of 16 selected contributions


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Event Details

21/10/2021 to 22/10/2021
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Apprenticeship team