European Social Partners in the Electricity Sector join Forces on Skills and Qualifications

On 23 October 2018, the European Social Partners in the Electricity Sector – EPSU, IndustriAll and Eurelectric – came together to finalise their joint project on the right qualifications and good working conditions for young workers and trainees. The joint project concluded with a final conference in Brussels at which over 50 representatives from trade unions, employers’ organisations, companies and the European Commission participated.

The Secretary Generals of the European Social Partners signed two landmark documents to reiterate their commitment to the development of skills and qualifications, and pledged to promote good quality apprenticeship in the electricity sector. The ‘Roadmap on Skills and Qualifications' and the ‘Joint pledge to join the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA)’ aim at providing future-proof solutions to ensure that workers are fully equipped with the skills they need for a fast-changing electricity sector.

The Roadmap includes a list of activities that the European Social Partners commit to realise over the coming six years based on the key results and recommendations of the “Study on skills needs, developments, vocational education and training systems in the changing electricity sector.” The study was carried out by SPIN 360 with the European Commission’s support.

The researchers from Spin 360 presented the key outcomes and recommendations of the study. They outlined that work-based learning methods such as apprenticeships are key for the sector employment and skill development challenges. In addition, a round-table discussion addressed the question of what constitute successful VET systems. The panel brought together representatives from CEDEFOP, the European Commission’s DG Employment, ETUC, Eurelectric, and a beneficiary of a VET.

With the signature of their pledge, the Social Partners demonstrate their full engagement by already ticking off one of their commitments under the first key recommendation of the study, specifically to strengthen the role of the social partners in the interaction with vocational education and training (VET) providers.

The complete study can be accessed HERE.

The executive summary is available in the following languages EN - FR - DE - RO - ES - IT - CZ

Read our press release here

For the signed agreements : roadmap - pledge