The cost effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes: Making the business case for apprenticeships (APPRENTICEship)

Funding information

Project duration: 10/2014 – 08/2016

Project code number: VS/2014/0325

Funding guideline: European Commission – Integrated Projects of the EU social dialogue 2014-2016

Project concept

Initial situation

SMEs in Europe are observing with interest the dual training systems from the German-speaking countries as well as the hybrid systems in the Netherlands and Denmark. However, many SMEs in Europe doubt the transferability of these models and their economic viability.

Target groups and their benefits

The APPRENTICEship project is aimed at SMEs and European organisations that are interested in dual training and want to transfer experiences from other European countries.

Project goal

The aim of the APPRENTICEship project is to review experiences in countries with a dual system and discuss them with top representatives of SMEs in European countries. The empirical values of the dual training systems are assessed in terms of their transferability and economic viability.

Role of ISOB

ISOB had the country expertise and took over the facilitation of the seminars as part of a subcontract.

Products and publications

  • Preparation of country reports for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands for the final report
  • Facilitation and input in eight international seminars



  • Portugal (project coordination): Imanovation
  • Belgium: European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises or SME (UEAPME)
  • Belgium: EuroCommerce
  • Belgium: European Tech and Industry Employers (CEEMET)
  • Belgium: The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT)
  • Turkey: European Centre of Employers and Enterprises (CEEP)

The project was successfully completed and positively evaluated.

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