The quality of traineeships in the EU

Study 14-01-2022

This European Added Value Assessment, commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, seeks to provide relevant inputs for the Parliament’s legislative-initiative report, 'Quality traineeships in the EU' (2020/2005(INL)). The research paper aims to estimate the European added value of a reinforced 'Quality Framework for Traineeships'. During a traineeship, the trainee can learn things that are useful professionally. However, socio-economic costs can arise if traineeships replace regular employment. Low-quality traineeships do not lead to significant productivity gains, and social costs can arise with unpaid traineeships limiting the career opportunities of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.