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4.1 Alliances for effective apprenticeships


What makes up a successful national apprenticeship system? Multi-level governance, accompanied with effective coordination and sustainable financing are a key factor. Robust systems are underpinned by collective and proactive efforts by all stakeholders, including employers, training providers, unions and government.

Policies developed at the national level can be adapted to the local context and translate into multiple national approaches. Businesses are essential in integrating broader objectives into their practical day-to-day reality. Increasing the overall participation of the productive sector in vocational education and training systems would help identify needs and shape apprenticeships to meet the skills demands.

This session will review existing national alliances, coalitions, and networks and their role in ensuring quality work-based learning, as well as building confidence in apprenticeships systems within communities and industry.

Moderator: Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director GAN Global Apprenticeship Network


Ashwani Aggarwal

Team Lead for Work Group (Work-based Learning, Apprenticeships, RPL, Core Skills), International Labour Organization

Cameron Baker

Director of Apprenticeships, Victorian Skills Authority, Australia

María del Mar Munguía Ramírez

Coordinator, GAN, Costa Rica

Norbert Schoebel

Team Leader, Skills for the Young, VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning Unit, European Commission

Paul Warner

Director of Strategy and Business Development, AELP, Association of Employment and Learning Providers, UK

Gary Workman

Executive Director, Apprenticeship Employment Network, Australia

Megan Yeates

Ireland, Gold Medal winner Freight Forwarding at WorldSkills Kazan 2019