This week, the European Commission is organising the Second European Vocational Skills Week. This represents an excellent opportunity for the Adecco Group to underline the importance of apprenticeships.

While the economies of European Union member states are largely back on the path of growth, unemployment — especially among the young — remains one of the biggest challenges. The proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships adopted last month ties into the European Pillar of Social Rights, which foresees a right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning.

The disparities among members of the European Union regarding systems of vocational and educational training for young people are one of the hurdles to tackle. One message rings loud and clear: those students provided with vocational training in the later years of secondary school are much more likely to gain swift access to and remain in the world of work.

Stephan Howeg, Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Adecco Group, and a former poly-mechanic apprentice himself, explains why vocational and educational training is so vital in an era when a "job for life" is turning into a pipe dream in a rapidly changing labour market. Apprenticeship learning models will form a critical part of the solution to help young people thrive in this brave new world of work.

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About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading workforce solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 33,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 2 on the Great Place to Work® - World’s Best Workplaces 2017 list. We make the future work for everyone.

The Adecco Group is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). The group is powered by eight lead brands: Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia and YOSS.