You may use the following checklist to evaluate the regulatory framework for the apprenticeship system in your country, to decide which elements could potentially be strengthened, and to judge whether your system could be described as a Quality Apprenticeship system.
|In your country:
|Is there a national law that sets out the legal and regulatory framework for apprenticeships?
|Does the regulatory framework provide a clear outline of the rights, roles and responsibilities of all relevant stakeholders?
|Does the law provide for the establishment of an oversight or regulatory body whose role is to ensure that all stakeholders comply with the rules governing their roles and responsibilities?
|Are the social partners (employers’ associations and trade unions) represented on the regulatory body?
|Does the regulatory framework stipulate the standards for the main training and skills development requirements for the successful completion of the apprenticeship?
|Does the regulatory framework determine the minimum and maximum duration of the apprenticeship?
|Does the regulatory framework determine the minimum and maximum duration of the on-the-job training and off-the-job training?
|Does the regulatory framework stipulate that a written contract is signed between the employer and apprentice, or between the employer, apprentice and training institution/ chamber/ intermediary body?
|Does the regulatory framework outline the basic apprenticeship-related terms and conditions, including entitlement to -
|Does the existing regulatory framework set minimum qualifications for TVET teachers and trainers?
|Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, does the apprentice obtain a recognized TVET qualification?
|Does the regulatory framework specify the funding arrangements between government and employers?
|Does the regulatory framework specify a quality assurance mechanism?
|Does the regulatory framework define policy measure to promote gender equality and social inclusion in apprenticeships?
If you have answered “no” to any of these questions, it might be worth examining ways in which the regulatory framework of the apprenticeship system in your country might be strengthened. The existence of a clear set of regulations underpinning the different elements of an apprenticeship system is a key factor in the success and sustainability of Quality Apprenticeships.