Trade unions

Trade unions, either at the national intersectoral or sectoral level, also play a significant role in the development and implementation of Quality Apprenticeship systems.

They have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Engaging in social dialogue and actively participating in policy-making regarding Quality Apprenticeships, particularly at the sectoral level within sectoral skills councils;
  • Building confidence and trust among stakeholders;
  • Where appropriate, incorporating Quality Apprenticeships into the agenda of collective bargaining and collective agreements;
  • Supporting the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Quality Apprenticeship programmes - including the development of competency and qualification standards - and participating in the assessment of competences.