The main challenges an SME is facing while implementing apprenticeship themes and ways to overcome them

According to studies and researches, around two-thirds of the European economy are supported by SMEs.  But still they often struggle to provide apprenticeship opportunities that will help them evolve into something bigger. The lack of training infrastructure and personnel to supervise apprentices, as well as insufficient expertise and capacity to manage complex rules, employment law and administrative requirements are the most common reasons as to why this is happening.

Strengthening skills for apprentices

Luckily SMEs can acquire the skills needed in order to face these challenges effectively. The process needs to start at the very base. First and foremost SMEs need to be motivated to create positions for apprentices. Apprentices can help strengthen the company’s finances by giving the company a fresh view on matters.

By strengthening their structure and by acquiring specific apprenticeship methodologies, businesses will be able to support more apprenticeship positions. Every company is different of course so their internal capacity to generate an apprenticeship vacancy is different. In other words the methodology will need to change from time to time. But the original idea remains the same.

Related Post:  Policy learning forum on the definition and writing of learning outcomes for VET qualifications

Solutions to the problem

Taking part in apprenticeship training programs is a great way for companies and businesses to learn how they can generate, support and use apprenticeship positions during the company’s lifespan in order to double or even triple their efficiency on their field of action. That includes having people in the company been taught how to supervise apprentices, how to manage complex rules, the employment law and of course administrative requirements.

To overcome apprenticeship problems companies need to apply the right methodologies and they need the right people to support them. In-company training needs to be a priority for SMEs and other micro-businesses in order to effectively implement an apprenticeship theme and deal with the problems that may come with it.

Panagiotis Koutoudis Lead Manager

Economic Science.
Project manager and economist in European projects.

The main challenges an SME is facing while implementing apprenticeship themes and ways to overcome them


Do you want to see more content about the topics you are interested in?

Related Posts

Developing startup opportunities in the European area

Businesses are evolving on a daily basis. Entrepreneurship is now the new ‘’best thing’’ for every aspiring businessman out there. Modern businesses are slowly but steadily changing the European marketplace as we know it and they are clearly becoming a key factor in battling against unemployment all around Europe. The Digital Single Market will empower

Innovation for SMEs and its importance for the European Union

European policy regarding SMEs is very clear. They are considered to be the backbone of the European Economy and for a good reason. Small and medium enterprises are the ones that drive the local economy. Big corporations always have the lead of course but, the bigger the corporation, the bigger the risk. However, as the

Stimulate the innovation potential of SMEs

What is it about? Providing an effective mechanism for inclusion of innovative, agile SMEs in a landscape characterised by strong presence of public pan-European e-infrastructures (in particular the European Data Infrastructure – EDI) that make it difficult for small actors to enter the market and exploit new business opportunities. Scope: Proposals are expected to propose

European SME innovation Associate – pilot

What is it about? Individual SMEs are at a disadvantage to recruit specialised knowledge as they often lack Europe-wide networking connections and do not tend to have established brands as large enterprises. Enterprise-led mobility programmes, supporting enterprises in recruiting expertise, show a high level of satisfaction and return on investment. This methodology is not currently

Financial and Economic literacy for Startups and SMEs

Financial and economic literacy are important for every individual. Knowing how to take care of your economics and being able to save money in order for you to know that you will have the capital needed to do what you want in the future is a very important role especially for young people nowadays. As