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Financing apprenticeships in the EU: Financial flows, shared funding, apprentice pay, and the COVID crisis

EAfA is organising a webinar on Financing apprenticeships in the EU: Financial flows, shared funding, apprentice pay, and the COVID crisis taking place on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 10:00 AM CET.

This webinar will present the variety of financing arrangements for apprenticeship schemes present in the EU, the differences in apprentice pay, and the related challenges posed by COVID-19. The webinar will look into the costs for apprenticeships and how they are shared between employers, apprentices, the State, schools and other training providers. It will discuss the patterns of financing apprenticeships by looking at the main financial flows between actors involved and mechanisms for collection and distribution of funds. Special focus will be given to apprentice remuneration and financial support to apprentices. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to learn about the changes to the financing arrangements for apprenticeships introduced in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.

The webinar speakers include Patrycja Lipińska, whom, since 2005, has worked as an expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). Her main tasks at Cedefop include coordinating research and policy analysis on Vocational Education and Training (VET) financing; notably, she was responsible for the recent Cedefop study on ‘Financing apprenticeships in the EU’. Her current projects include financing Continuing vocational education and training (CVET), adult learning (with a focus on demand-led/cost-sharing schemes), and financial and non-financial incentives in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Alongside Patrycja, Jörg Markowitsch will also be taking part in this webinar. Jörg is senior partner at 3s Research & Consultancy (in Vienna, Austria). He works as policy advisor for senior officials and policy makers at national and EU-level and has been leading many international research and development projects in the area of VET and Lifelong Learning. As a team leader he coordinated the research on ‘Financing apprenticeships in the EU’ on behalf of Cedefop.

As usual, the presentations will be followed by a Q&A session where EAfA members will get a chance to ask questions directly to the speakers. A related webinar on “EU Funding Opportunities for Apprenticeships: Erasmus+ and European Social Fund” took place on 5 November 2019 which you can watch here.

In order to secure your place, please register using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.