Oxford Research has been commissioned by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) to conduct a flash thematic country review of the upper-secondary apprenticeship scheme in Sweden.

During recent years, apprenticeship training has been a widely discussed topic within the European Union. Two-thirds of the EU Member States have either raised the issue for debate and/or are planning to take political action to develop their schemes for apprenticeship education before the year 2020.

There is hence a great need to map and review different types of apprenticeship schemes to highlight how these can be utilised to better meet societal challenges and labour market demands. Cedefop aims to support the EU Member States in their efforts to improve their respective national apprenticeship scheme and have therefore ordered national country reviews on the subject.

Oxford Research has been commissioned by Cedefop to review the upper-secondary apprenticeship scheme in Sweden. The issues to be reviewed are the collaboration between education providers and businesses, quality assurance and study results, as well as similarities and differences between apprenticeship training and regular school-based vocational education and training. The study will be carried out in collaboration with Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini.