Tools: Engaging and registering enterprises to provide apprenticeship training

Enterprises often ask themselves whether they are equipped to provide apprenticeship training. An accreditation procedure that focuses less on restrictions and more on support can be helpful in this context.

Engaging and supporting enterprises in apprenticeships

Compendium of resources for determining the quality of in-company VET, BIBB, Germany

The compendium provides a resource for supporting the introducion and development of quality approaches to training in an enterprise. It is based on results which were developed and tested between 2010 and 2013 in Germany. It is intended primarily for those in charge of training in enterprises and for apprentices. Educational staff in schools, inter-company educational establishments and institutions in the vocational training field can also benefit from the approaches to improving quality provided by the compendium.


How intermediaries (GTOs) support enterprises in apprenticeships, Australia

This tool describes how Group Training Organisations (GTOs) in Australia support small businesses and young people in apprenticeships. GTOs can be the legal employer of the apprentice or trainee during the training period and provide a range of support services for the host employer and apprentice/trainee.


Engaging the business sector in VET: Working tool for policy dialogue and project design, DC dVET

The working tool reveals how the relevance, quality and attractiveness of VET can be increased by promoting the business sector’s involvement. It supports donors, project collaborators and other players in the field of development cooperation in their policy dialogue and in the implementation of VET projects and programmes. Part 1 of the tool (Study) offers a theoretical overview on where, how and under what conditions the private sector can be involved. Part 2 (Questionnaire) enables practitioners to transfer key elements of the study to their work. The questionnaire is included in section 3.2 above as Tool 3.2.3.


A practical guide and e-learning course on quality apprenticeships for enterprises, ILO and IOE

The aim of this joint ILO/IOE publication Tools for quality apprenticeships: A guide for enterprises is to assist enterprises in designing and implementing apprenticeship programmes that suit their skills needs. It provides examples and practices from enterprises on how they implement apprenticeship programmes.

Based on the guide, an e-learning course has been developed to enable enteprise managers to learn about the design and implementation of apprenticeship programmes on an interactive platform. Course participants can select individual modules according to their needs and complete them at their own pace.

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Guide for employers seeking to develop and implement apprenticeship programmes, the United States

This Employer’s playbook for building an apprenticeship program is a step-by-step guide for employers who wish to develop and implement an apprenticeship programme – detailing the elements involved from workplace planning, establishing critical public–private partnerships and marketing the programme, to transitioning apprentices into regular employment and ensuring long-term success. The guide is based on the experiences of three companies – Alcoa, the Dow Chemical Company and Siemens Corporation – that have successfully established apprenticeships and it provides companion tools and references as well as guidance on securing funding.


Engaging employers in apprenticeship opportunities, OECD and ILO

This joint publication by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) programme and the ILO explores examples of employer engagement in implementing apprenticeship programmes through nine case studies from United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, Western Australia, New Zealand, United States, Turkey, India and Bangladesh.

The publication draws on local experiences, including interviews with local employment offices, training institutions, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and workers’ organizations. It shares specific learnings on removing barriers to engaging employers in apprenticeship programmes and broadening access to training opportunities.

Source: OECD/ILO (2017) Engaging employers in apprenticeship ppportunities: Making it happen locally,

Accreditation of enterprises that provide apprenticeships

Accreditation of enterprises providing apprenticeships, the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market (SBB) has prescribed a set of rules on accreditation of enterprises that wish to offer apprenticeships. An enterprise is expected to:

  • provide a safe learning environment and activities that relate to the occupation for which the apprentice is being trained
  • provide an adequate number of expert supervisors or workplace trainers to mentor apprentices
  • cooperate with the TVET institution and SBB and provide the required information
  • agree to have the enterprise details listed in the public register of enterprises that employ apprentices.

Accreditation is valid for a period of four years and can be renewed. The accreditation may be revoked if it is considered that the conditions on which the decision to grant the accreditation was based are no longer met.


Sample checklist to confirm the eligibility of enterprises to implement apprenticeships, Asian countries1

This template provides a simple checklist covering the requirements that enterprises must meet to deliver on-the-job training. Practitioners can easily modify the checklist to meet the requirements stipulated in the regulatory framework of their country (refer to annex 9 of the tool).

Source: GIZ (2017), Down to earth: A practitioner's guideline to work with business and industry in TVET,

Suitability of enterprises to provide apprenticeship training, Austria

In Austria, enterprises that want to train apprentices submit an application for determination of their suitability to deliver apprenticeship training to the competent apprenticeship office of the Federal Economic Chamber.

The enterprise must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Legal conditions – be entitled to carry out the activities in which the apprentice is to be trained.
  • Corporate conditions – be equipped and managed in such a way that it is in a position to impart to the apprentice all the knowledge and skills included in the occupational profile. Those companies that cannot fully impart this knowledge and these skills have the possibility to train apprentices within the framework of a training alliance.

Company size is not a determinant of the ability to offer apprenticeship training. Any company can train apprentices if it can be guaranteed that they will be appropriately assisted. In addition, a sufficient number of professionally and pedagogically qualified trainers must be available in the company.


1 The source publication was developed by the Community of Practice “Private Sector Cooperation in TVET”, part of the GIZ Sector Network Assets for Asia. The Community of Practice comprises GIZ staff (international experts, national personnel, integrated experts and development advisers) from the following Asian countries: India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.