Monday 8 February 2016 - Day 1
12.45-13.30 Registration

Welcome and introductory speech
Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop

EU policy context for apprenticeships
João Santos, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

14.00-14.30 Presentation of Cedefop's action research project 'Governance and financing of apprenticeships'
Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop

Panel I : The project in national context
Chair: Lisa Rustico, Cedefop

National coordinators of the project:

  • Monica Redaelli, Gruppo Clas (Italy)
  • Ruta Porniece, Free Trade Union Confederation (Latvia)
  • Douglas Thompson, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação SPI (Portugal)
  • Oriol Homs, Notus (Spain)
  • Kenneth Abrahamsson, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)
15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee break

Panel II : Country visions and strategies for apprenticeship development
Chair: Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop

  • Alessandra Biancolini, Ministry of Employment (Italy)
  • Inta Šusta, Ministry of Education and Science (Latvia)
  • Maria João Alves, National Agency for Qualifications and VET, ANQEP (Portugal)
  • Gema Cavada, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Spain)
  • Hampus Strömberg, Ministry of Education and Research (Sweden)
17.00-18.00 Open discussion with all stakeholders
Tuesday 9 February 2016 - Day 2
09.30-10.00 Registration
10.00-12.30 Project follow-up, identifying country challenges and needs for further support to develop apprenticeships
parallel working groups

Working group A

Research methodology
Moderator Jörg Markowitsch, 3s (Austria)
Rapporteur: Monica Redaelli, Gruppo Clas (Italy)

Researching and developing governance of apprenticeships: concepts, tools, methods
Jörg Markowitsch, 3s (Austria)

group B

Governance of apprenticeships
Moderator: Lisa Rustico, Cedefop
Rapporteur: Simonas Gausas, Visionary Analytics (Lithuania)

Signposting the apprenticeship governance path in Lithuania: Cedefop’s thematic country review
Simonas Gausas, Visionary Analytics (Lithuania)

Governance of apprenticeships: strengthening the capability of national institutions and implementing partners to design quality apprenticeship systems
Marta Makhoul, International Labour Organisation

group C

Financing of apprenticeships
Moderator: Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop
Rapporteur: Nicholas Fox (UK)

Apprenticeship training in Spain: a cost-benefit-simulation from a firm perspective
Clemens Wieland and Guillem Salvans, Bertelsmann Foundation (Germany and Spain)

Costs and benefits for setting up apprenticeship programmes: examples from the field
Michael Axmann, International Labour Organisation

Update on the OECD project on costs and benefits of apprenticeship
Malgorzata Kuczera, OECD

12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.00 Reporting from working groups
Chair: Lisa Rustico, Cedefop

Panel III : Actions and prospects for quality apprenticeships
Chair: Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop

at EU level

  • Norbert Schöbel, European Commission, DG EMPL
  • Robert Plummer, Business Europe
  • Jeff Bridgford, King's College London/ETUC

at international level

  • Michael Axmann, International Labour Organisation
  • Helmuth Zelloth, European Training Foundation

Conclusions and the way forward
Patrycja Lipinska, Cedefop


Agenda - Governance and financing of apprenticeships