Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships for SMEs (SME GAP) is funded by the European Union's ERASMUS+ programme.  

Over 2 years, partners in Manchester (UK), Vienna (Austria) and Cordoba (Spain) have been working together to better understand the needs of Small & Medium Sized Enterprises and holding events to encourage greater take up of apprenticeship provision.

Whilst apprenticeship systems vary to some extent across Europe, all businesses have the same needs and often face confusion about the national system. This is compounded by a lack of understanding of the benefits of hiring an apprentice, with many businesses often noticing only the ‘cost’. 

This website brings together a range of resources aimed at SMEs and also to encourage Business Support Organisations (Intermediary Organisations) to provide consistent and clear messages to businesses.


Links to national support services can be found here.



Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships (SME GAP) focusses on 'building capacities of intermediary bodies' to support apprenticeships in SMEs, with partners in the United Kingdom, Austria and Spain.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



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