Venue: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
Therefore we were delighted to attend this international conference in Malta that attracted 215 delegates from all over Europe. The included Employers from the private and public sectors, Vocational Education Training (VET) providers, government agencies, social enterprises, youth organisations, chambers of commerce and most importantly young apprentices.
- 4 years of EAfA: Highlights from stakeholders of the Alliance;
- Welcoming newcomers to the Alliance;
- Launching a new European Network of Apprentices, which will better inform members of the ideas, beliefs and attitudes they have about the training programmes they’ve undertaken;
- Boosting mobility for apprentices so that they can undertake part of their training in another country and benefit from VET that they otherwise would not get;
- Developments regards a European Quality Framework for Apprenticeships;
- Developing apprenticeship support services;
- The way forward for the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.
Attending allows NGi to find out first-hand what is happening elsewhere in Europe so we can shape our own services for clients. We can bring the best ideas from elsewhere and work with our clients to introduce them locally.
The conference heard of Erasmus + PRO, a new programme that will fund apprentices and interns to do part of their training in another European country for between 3-6 months. Research has shown that young people gain significantly from mobility programmes of this length both in the technical aspects of their chosen career but through improved soft skills. Studies of participants have also indicated promotion and economic prospects are improved.
Work continues on improving the quality of apprenticeships and some exciting work is being done on embedding enterprise and innovation into apprenticeship training.
Our Maltese hosts looked after us splendidly, with the country's Chamber of Commerce hosting an evening reception on the 30th.