Europe’s response to globalisation is embodied in the Lisbon strategy, which promotes a society and an economy founded on knowledge and innovation.

This is reflected in the following statement from the European Council: “Providing high-quality education and investing more and more effectively in human capital and creativity throughout people’s lives are crucial conditions for Europe’s success in a globalised world”.
(European Council, March 2008)

The Bordeaux Communiqué prepared in connection with a European Commission meeting has identified four policy areas that are the backbone of the follow-up on the Copenhagen Process.

One of these is the objective to heighten the quality and attractiveness of VET; another is to improve links between VET and the labour market.

The TrainerGuide project will contribute to achieving these goals.


The development objective of the TrainerGuide is to make a considerable impact on endeavours to increase the quality of in-company training of apprentices / trainees within the VET systems of the participating countries.

In a larger perspective, the project will aim at disseminating the TrainerGuide to other EU countries.

The immediate outcome of the project is to develop a web-based tool – “TrainerGuide” a digital handbook and toolbox for the primary target group; in-company trainers.

The guide will be based on the successful results of the Danish model, whose principles will be transferred to the partner countries in accordance with their needs and conditions.

 Target groups

The primary target group of the project will be persons directly involved in training apprentices and trainees. These are in-company trainers, the apprentices themselves and other staff members responsible for workplace training.

The secondary target group will be stakeholders working on the policy level with training of apprentices, e.g. social partners, governmental agencies, trade committees and branch organisations.


June 2010: You are welcome to test-run the new TrainerGuide, click here for questionnaire!

Access the European TrainerGuide here. Freely available and in English:

  • Examples from practise
  • Companies' own best materials
  • Links to official education materials
  • A wide range of templates - download and adapt!

Check country versions!

The TrainerGuide is described as part of a CEDEFOP-study, published in April 2010.  Click here to download "Professional development opportunities for in-company trainers".