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Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities

Making It Happen Locally

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This joint OECD-ILO publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes and other types of work-based learning, drawing on case studies across nine countries. There has been increasing interest in apprenticeships which combine on the job training with classroom-based study, providing a smooth transition from school to work. There are benefits to both individuals and employers from participating in apprenticeships, including increased productivity and job quality. Successful implementation is contingent on having a high level of employer engagement at the local level, notably in the design, development and delivery of programmes.

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Executive summary

Youth unemployment remains a significant labour market challenge across a number of OECD countries. Across the OECD, 13.9% of the youth labour force is unemployed. In several European countries, such as Belgium, France, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, and Spain, the unemployment rate for youth sits above 20%. Many countries are looking at apprenticeships as a key programme response to improve the transition for youth from school to the world of work.

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