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A Europe of talents: giving new impetus to skills acquisition through mobility for apprentices

Conference - European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), VMA building, room VMA 3, 2 rue van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

This high-level conference, jointly organised by the LMO and the European Parliament (MEP Jean Arthuis, Chair of the BUDG Committee) was dedicated to the topic of apprenticeships and the mobility of apprentices.

This event looked into how the mobility of students and recent graduates of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems can be further facilitated and supported – building on the example of the Erasmus mobility for university students.

Speakers included the EESC President, the President of the EP Committee on Budgets, several other MEPs, the Director of CEDEFOP and representatives of the European Commission, social partners and the European Youth Forum. Grassroots experience was also shared by several managers of mobility networks, apprentices and regional ESCs.

The presentations and debates during the conference contributed to fine-tuning a pilot project request that was introduced at the level of the European Parliament by a group of MEPs, led by the President of the BUDG Committee. This project aims at promoting apprenticeships using two delivery systems: mobility and a single regulatory framework covering all the EU's twenty-eight Member States.