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MASTERS - Make Apprenticeship attractive in European SMEs

KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
Leading Partner: Consiliul National al Intreprinderilor Private Mici si Mijlocii din Romania – filiala Arad

MASTERS wants to promote apprenticeship in small and micro-enterprises, developing
and validating a set of practical and methodological tools to support the professional
development of in-company tutors operating in SMEs, VET trainers and job counsellors, so
as to allow them to implement efficient and high quality apprenticeship programs.


In fact, creating opportunities for high quality WBL (work-based learning) lies at the heart of current EU education and training policies. MASTERS pursues the concrete implementation of the quality criteria defined by the European Commission in the proposal on a “European
Framework for Quality and Effective apprenticeships” (COM (2017) 563 Final).
MASTERS is a complex and ambitious project, with six concrete intellectual outputs
generated by six partners from four countries (Romania, Italy, Spain and Poland). The
project will last 24 months.

The main results of the project will be:
 An In-depth analysis of WBL schemes at European level, with a particular focus on
apprenticeships programs and on their managerial procedures, having a double
aim: to promote the knowledge of WBL schemes both at national and at
transnational level;
 two Curriculum Programmes and the respective Self- Directed Learning Guides for
"in-company tutors" and "job-vocational counsellors/professionals" identifying and
defining their aims and areas for professional development (CVET) and addressing
these through a range of active, participative and flexible learning activities;
 the “Toolkits” for better “recognition and transparency of non-formal and informal
learning acquired through WBL schemes” that will enable on a large European
scale a better assessment of experiential learning gained in the workplace and,
therefore, give greater attractiveness to apprenticeships experiences for students
and job-seekers.

MASTER will then improve the quality and efficiency of apprenticeships in partners: this
will be achieved through the professional development of 30 in-company tutors and 30 job-
vocational counsellors involved in apprenticeships programs. For individuals working as in-
company tutors in SMEs (hosting organization) and as job-vocational counsellors/professional or specialist/practitioners in apprenticeship schemes in public and private employment/VET agencies (sending organization) the expected results include enhanced skills which will ensure higher levels of performances in dealing with learners in apprenticeship programmes, being able to motivate them while teaching and supporting them towards the completion of the training pathway.

Furthermore, MASTERS will create a strategic transnational partnership focused on improving and promoting structured quality enhancement of apprenticeships programs.


This in turn will implement a better link between VET providers and SMEs representatives, as suggested by the EC Proposal on a “European Framework for Quality and Effective apprenticeships”, so as to support mutual and regular feed-back mechanisms.