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Parliamentary questions
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28 April 2021
E-000602/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Schmit
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000602/2021

The Youth Employment Support package of 1 July 2020(1) aims to provide a bridge to jobs for the next generation. It includes a renewed impetus for apprenticeships to benefit both employers and young people, adding a skilled labour force to a wide range of sectors. The Renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships(2) mobilises businesses, but also social partners, vocational, education and training providers, regions and cities, youth organisations and think tanks, to increase the supply, quality and image of apprenticeships. Since 2013, the Alliance has provided over 1 million new apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities pledged by members.

In its Recommendation on effective active support to employment following the COVID-19 crisis(3), the Commission calls on Member States to introduce or strengthen support schemes for apprenticeships and paid traineeships, in particular in small and medium-sized enterprises and in sectors facing skill shortages.

In addition, the Commission is supporting Member States in establishing or reforming apprenticeship schemes, through the Apprenticeship Support Services and its benchlearning pillar. The Commission will also report on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships by June 2021(4).

Croatia, as well as other Member States with high youth unemployment rates, will be required to allocate at least 12.5% of their European Social Fund Plus resources to supporting youth employment in the period 2021-2027. In addition, Member States can use their additional Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe resources for the years 2021 and 2022 for crisis recovery and repair, including for support to youth.

(1)COM(2020) 276 final.
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1147&langId=en
(3)COM(2021) 1372 final.
(4)OJ C 153, 2.5.2018, p. 1‐6.
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