FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT are aiming to respond to one of the greatest challenges facing Europe today: a lack of skills and job opportunities.

Together they created the pledge ”An appetite for the future: Youth apprenticeships in the food and drink industry” to provide high quality apprenticeship and traineeship positions.

FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT are aiming to respond to one of the greatest challenges facing Europe today: a lack of skills and job opportunities. As Europe’s number one employer in the manufacturing sector, the food and drink industry is prepared to play an important role in meeting this challenge by addressing the employability of young people.

The pledge ”An appetite for the future: Youth apprenticeships in the food and drink industry” encourages food and drink manufacturers to:

  • Provide high quality apprenticeship and traineeship positions;
  • Organise readiness for work programmes (career consultation, CV clinics, etc.) in close coordination with educational institutions and youth organisations;
  • Share knowledge and experiences with education providers, authorities at all levels, trade unions, business organisations (with a particular focus on small and medium sized businesses) and youth associations.

FoodDrinkEurope and EFFAT would like to take this opportunity to thank their members for supporting this pledge and to encourage them to commit to a pledge directly with the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA).

EAfA welcomes commitments by food and drink companies, their professional organisations and workers’ trade unions across the EU, to contribute to strengthening the supply, quality and/or attractiveness of apprenticeships. Are you interested and willing to share knowledge and experiences with other trade unions and businesses to support the establishment of quality apprenticeships in the food and drink sector across Europe? Please express your interest in completing the pledge application form and returning it to empleafa@ec.europa.eu.

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