International Projects

Increasing SME Apprenticeship Engagement

High youth unemployment and the associated lack of prospects and increasing social difficulties in many countries of the European Union are the background and motivation for this EU strategic partnership project.

Project description

This three-year EU project, which as a strategic partnership of six partner organisations from five countries aims to increase the involvement of SMEs in vocational training. In addition, curricula are to be developed for training managers and employees of SMEs, so that these can be better prepared for recruiting trainees. This is involves six partner organisations from Great Britain, Poland, Canada, Germany and Bulgaria. Since 1 September 2015, they have been working together and, at the first transnational meeting in early November 2015 in Nottingham, presented their initial analysis results.

The Institute for Vocational Training Research (IBBF) is concerned with analysing the obstacles that hold back SMEs in Europe from achieving effective training. In February 2016, the German vocational training programme was presented to the partners. In particular, the dual system, collaborative training and best practice examples in the Berlin area were highlighted. Some of these examples are currently being adapted and piloted in Bulgaria, Great Britain and Poland. In these cases, the IBBF is the evaluating partner, conducting online surveys and interviews. In addition, a brief report on the current situation of education in Germany has been written and is available under "Publications to Download".


The Partner:

Amt der Gemeinde Gedling in Nottinghamshire (UK)
Bulgarische Handelskammer

Schule für Kommunikation (Zespół Szkół Łączności) in Posen (PL)


Project funding

Contact person

Christine Schmidt, Projektmanagerin
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