14th July 2023

On 26 and 27 June 2023, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) held its 2023 High-Level event in Brussels, Belgium marking the Alliance’s 10th anniversary as well as the 5th anniversary of the European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (EFQEA). 

The event brought together leading experts, policymakers, and key stakeholders, as well as over 500 in-person and online participants over two days, to celebrate EAfA’s achievements over the past decade and to discuss the benefits, challenges, and future of apprenticeships in Europe. 

The High-Level event included four panels, each focusing on a different aspect of apprenticeships. Topics included EFQEA, securing skilled employees, adult apprenticeships, and apprentices as agents for a sustainable future. And it was followed by the Get-Together event, held immediately after, allowing members to network, explore further the themes discussed during the High-Level event, present their work on apprenticeships and exchange best practices. 

Albanian Skills is an active EAfA member since 2018 and represented in these events by Mrs. Ana Zacharian, Co-founder, and Executive Director together with two apprentices Mr. Firdeus Kasaj and Xhurian Sharra, at the same time VET learners and INTERVET WB project participants in one of the mobility flows. Mrs. Ana Zacharian was a part of panel 2 – Mobility of Apprentices in the Get-Together event introducing a real culture of learning mobility through the INTERVET WB project in the Western Balkans and sharing with all members the most important milestones and challenges during its implementation.

The event also included the presentation of EAfA Champions − EAfA Members who will act as advocates of the Alliance. The Champions include Bart Denys from Hotelschool Ter Duinen, Daniela Doelle from SoftwareONE, Sreten Koceski from CDI Macedonia, Aylin Akca Okan from ICTerra, and Jo Cahalin from Education and Training Boards Ireland. 

The new members and renewal of pledges were presented as well.

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