Move to have a global standard for apprenticeships

ILO plan aims to promote access to decent jobs, provide protection

According to International Labour Organisation director-general Guy Ryder, apprenticeships can be set up as part of a dual-education system, where young people aged 15 or 16 can continue classroom learning combined with workplace experience.
According to International Labour Organisation director-general Guy Ryder, apprenticeships can be set up as part of a dual-education system, where young people aged 15 or 16 can continue classroom learning combined with workplace experience.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is working towards developing a new international standard on apprenticeships, said director-general Guy Ryder.

Depending on what its members decide, the standard, which aims to promote access to decent jobs and will likely include protections for apprentices, may be a convention - which is legally binding when ratified - or merely a recommendation, or may include both.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Move to have a global standard for apprenticeships'. Print Edition | Subscribe