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In its opinion, the EESC acknowledges the positive role that apprenticeships can play in improving employability and providing for skills that are relevant to the labour market, for both young persons and adults.
The Committee welcomes the fact that Member States are invited to promote the active involvement of social partners in the design, governance and implementation of apprenticeship schemes in line with national industrial relations systems and education and training practices. However, it also believes that apprentices themselves and other relevant stakeholders – such as youth and parent organisations and students' unions should also be actively involved in the design, governance and implementation of apprenticeship schemes. A stronger emphasis is needed on the ways in which apprentices can take ownership of their apprenticeship pathways. Giving apprentices an ability to influence their learning experience would create more productive learning experiences, which also benefits the placement provider.
The EESC calls for initiatives that explore the potential of transnational mobility of apprentices in the EU.
It welcomes the intention to monitor the implementation of the Recommendation with the support of the Advisory Committee on Vocational Training (ACVT), as well as through the European Semester, and suggests the development of indicators to assess the impact at national level.
Finally, the Committee expresses its readiness to assess the implementation of the Recommendation in Member States, from the perspective of organised civil society.