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Apprenticeships: an effective route to employment and an area of increased policy interest.

Key facts:

  • An estimated 3.7 million people were enrolled in apprenticeships across the EU in 20091, and the focus on apprenticeships has grown substantially since then at national and European level.
  • New apprenticeship systems have been introduced in some countries (e.g. Estonia and Lithuania).
  • Greater targeting of apprenticeships towards young people at risk of exclusion is apparent in other countries (e.g. Denmark and Germany). Elsewhere, apprenticeships are increasingly being offered at higher-level (e.g. France and the United Kingdom).
  • Apprenticeships are associated with positive labour market outcomes (e.g. relatively high levels of employment) and smooth transitions from school to work.

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