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The future of the apprenticeships

The joint Cedefop/OECD publication on the next steps for  apprenticeship looks at the future of apprenticeship from the  perspective of emerging policy objectives, new approaches to education  and training and external megatrends.

As shown by the coronavirus pandemic, it is important for education  and training systems to be prepared and agile to respond to external  pressures. The combination of the emerging economic crisis together  with long-term structural trends that affect our economies will entail  a profound transformation of the world of work and require effective  policy responses in the years to come. As we are looking at an  uncertain future, the relevance of this collection of essays on  apprenticeship is clear.

The publication offers insights from world-leading scholars based in  different countries on scenarios for the future development of  apprenticeship, its emerging relationship to higher education, its  orientation towards attractiveness and excellence and the (often  ambiguous) impact of policy reforms on apprenticeship provision and  design.

It discusses the pressures coming from a changing world of work,  apprenticeship’s place in new forms of work organisation, its links  with digitalisation and innovation and its adjustment to  socio-demographic changes.

Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel and OECD’s Director,  Employment and Social Affairs, Stefano Scarpetta point out that ‘Deep  economic crises often serve to accelerate changes in the labour market  and the underlying trends that shape them, such as automation and  migration patterns. Effective vocational training and skills systems  can contribute to making sure these changes do not lead to further  disparities but offer new opportunities by continually improving the  learning experiences of young people, enhancing equity while  minimising costs.’

Findings and messages presented in the publication will contribute to  informing political decisions which shape the futures of the current  generation of learners.

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