The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) launched in July 2013 is a multi-stakeholder initiative to boost the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe.
In the context of Construction 2020, the European Commission has launched a communication campaign targeted at the construction sector to attract young talent and improve the image of the sector. It also aims to encourage the construction industry to offer more and better apprenticeships.
The Commission welcomes commitments ('pledges') from contractors and their professional organisations, construction workers' trade unions and other organisations (chambers of industry, commerce and crafts, education and training providers, etc.) across the EU, as well as from EFTA and EU candidate countries.
Companies and/or organisations interested in making a pledge should complete the application form.
Pledges could address, for example:
- increasing the number and quality of apprenticeship places in the construction sector
- introducing elements of training in companies, construction training centres and/or schools that have not previously taken part in such schemes
- strengthening specific training in the construction sector, such as for energy efficiency, resource efficiency or digital economy
- transferring apprenticeship schemes which have proven their success in a country/region to another country/region where no such scheme is being used
- improving existing apprenticeship models, both general schemes practiced in a country/region and specific schemes in individual companies, to increase the quality, efficiency and visibility of such apprenticeship training models.
What's in it for your organisation?
By taking part in this campaign, your commitment becomes visible at EU level. The EAfA serves as a public platform to showcase commitments and to facilitate networking, cooperation and the sharing of good practices.
In 2017, 2 participants from the construction sector received the EAfA Award:
- Schleiff Bauflächentechnik GmbH & Co(SME category) - for integrating refugees into the labour market through its apprenticeship programme
- Hannah Colston (apprentices category) - as an exceptionally motivated advocate of VET and apprenticeships
Current pledges in the construction industry include pledges from the following organisations:
|Author||Type of organisation||Country||Start year||Area of action|
|European Builders Confederation EBC||Professional bodies and networks, Businesses||Europe||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|FIEC, The European Construction Industry Federation - EFBWW, the European Federation of Building and WoodWorkers||Social partners||Europe||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|UNIEP - International Union of Painting Contractors||Professional bodies and networks||Europe||2015||Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Fundación Laboral de la Construcción||Non-profit organisations, Education and training providers||Spain||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Bouwunie, Unie van het KMO bouwbedrijf||Social partners, Education and training providers||Belgium||2015||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Panhellenic Association of Engineers Contractors of Public Works (PEDMEDE)||Social partners, Chambers of Commerce/Industry/Crafts, Businesses||Greece||2015||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH, Ausbildungszentrum der Bauindustrie Kerpen (ABZ Kerpen)||Education and training providers||Germany||2015||Mobility|
|Berufskolleg der Bauwirtschaft GmbH||Education and training providers||Germany||2015||Supply|
|Confédération Construction Bruxelles-Capitale (CCBC)||Social partners||Belgium||2015||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics – FNTP||Professional bodies and networks, Social partners||France||2016||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|The Danish Construction Association||Social partners||Denmark||2016||Supply, Image|
|Franz Trippe GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|HÖHLER GmbH & Co. KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Image|
|Blandfort Tief- und Straßenbau GmbH & Co. KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Heinrich Mai & Sohn GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Isoliertechnik Fritz Hartmann Nachf. GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Image|
|ANAEPA - The National association of artisans of construction decorators, house painter or similar||Professional bodies and networks||Italy||2016||Quality|
|Berufsförderungswerk des Hamburger Baugewerbes||Non-profit/youth organisations, Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Image|
|Federation of Master Builders (FMB)||Professional bodies and networks||United Kingdom||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Hans-Dieter Büschkes GmbH & Co.KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply|
|Berufsförderungswerk e.V. des Bauindustrieverbandes Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Qualityy|
|Kai Buschhaus Bau GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|BiW (Educational provider) and HDB (German Construction Industry Federation)||Professional bodies and networks||Bulgaria/ Germany||2016||Mobility|
|Jorg Ottemeier Stuckbetrieb||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Künzel Bauunternehmen||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Johannes Schmitz Zimmerei||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Josef Prell GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Image, Mobility|
|STRABAG – Direktion Köln/Düsseldorf||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Mobility|
|Altun Gleis- und Tiefbau||Businesses||Germany||2016||Quality, Image|
|ABZ Mannheim||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|ABZ Karlsruhe||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Bau-Innung Rhein-Neckar||Professional bodies and networks||Germany||2016||Quality, Image|
|Verband Bauwirtschaft Nordbaden e.V.||Professional bodies and networks||Germany||2016||Image|
|Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e. V. (BZB)||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Adolf Lupp GmbH + Co KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH Ausbildungszentrum Essen GmbH||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Kolu Tiefbau||Businesses||Germany||2016||Quality, Image, Mobility|
|Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH Ausbildungszentrum Hamm||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Image|
|Bau-ABC Rostrup||Education and training providers||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Baugewerbliche Verbände||Professional bodies and networks||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Johannes Debusmann Bauunternehmung||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Koch GmbH Bauunternehmung||Businesses||Germany||2016||Quality, Image|
|GmbH Philippen Tiefbau||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Schleiff Bauflächentechnik GmbH & Co. KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Zentralverband Deutsches Baugewerbe||Professional bodies and networks||Germany||2016||Supply, Image|
|Heinrich Weber, Straßen- und Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Schotes Hochbau GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality|
|Stuck Belz Inh. Michael Christmann||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Image|
|Handwerkskammer Aachen - Bildungszentrum BGZ Simmerath||Chambers of Commerce/Industry/Crafts||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Confédération de l’Artisanat et des Petites Entreprises du Bâtiment - CAPEB||Social partners||France||2016||Image|
|Gebr. Hölscher Bauunternehmung GmbH||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Hans-Hermann Hürth||Businesses||Germany||2016||Supply, Quality, Image|
|Karl Heinz Stevens Bedachungen GmbH & Co. KG||Businesses||Germany||2016||Image|
|Fédération genevoise des métiers du bâtiment||Non-profit/youth organisations, Social partners||Switzerland||2017||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
|CCCA-BTP (Comité de concertation et de coordination de l’apprentissage du bâtiment et des travaux publics)||Professional bodies and networks, Education and training providers||France||2017||Supply, Quality, Image, Mobility|
Study on construction sector apprenticeships
Monitoring the learning commitment in construction (3 MB) (2017) – this study has provided an insight into construction sector apprenticeships, while mapping and assessing the implementation of construction pledges submitted until now. It has also compiled an inventory of novel, specific and/or effective solutions to the key challenges surrounding apprenticeships in the construction sector.
The contribution of combined practical work-based training and theoretical school learning to support youth employment and economic competitiveness is widely recognised. Countries with strong and attractive Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems, and notably those with well-established apprenticeship systems, tend to perform better in terms of youth employment and industrial competitiveness.
A website providing first-hand information about existing initiatives for youth in EU countries has been developed by the Social Partners of the construction industry: www.construction-for-youth.eu.