European Commission proposes standards to improve quality of traineeships
Today the European Commission has proposed guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job. The guidelines would increase transparency with regard to traineeship conditions, for example by requiring that traineeships be based on a written traineeship agreement. The agreement should cover learning content (educational objectives, supervision) and working conditions (limited duration, working time, clear indication whether trainees would be paid or otherwise compensated and whether they would qualify for social security).
Traineeship providers would be asked to disclose in the vacancy notice whether the traineeship would be paid.
By setting common quality standards for traineeships, the adoption of the Quality Framework for Traineeships would support the implementation of Youth Guarantee schemes by Member States. It would also encourage more transnational traineeships and help the extension of EURES to traineeships, as requested by the European Council in its June 2012 Conclusions.
The proposed Framework does not cover traineeships that form part of university degree or that are mandatory to access a specific profession.