On September 18th, 2019, the Union for Private Economic Enterprise concluded an administrative grant agreement № BG05M9OP001-1.051-0002-C01 under Operational Program “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020, Grant Scheme BG05M9OP001-1.051 “Joint activities of the social partners” for the implementation of the project “Joint actions of the social partners for the development of training programs, policies and legislation in the apprenticeship area “.

The budget of the project is BGN 1 409 302.44, of which BGN 1 197 907.07 is European and BGN 211 395,37 is national co-financing.

The main objective of the project is through joint actions of the social partners to improve the possibilities of using new systems, providing access to employment based on apprenticeships in the enterprises, with an emphasis on craft enterprises.

The duration of the project is 25 months, started on October 1st,2019 and ends on October 31st, 2021.


The following activities will be implemented within the project:

Activity 1. Analysis of apprenticeship legislation and policies

Activity 2. Preparation of format and requirements for developing apprenticeship training programs

Activity 3. Developing of an apprenticeship training programs

Activity 4. Development of methodological guidelines for masters and mentors from micro and small enterprises for apprenticeship training

Activity 5. Pilot testing of the developed programs and guidelines for apprentices training

Activity 6. Developing of proposals for national policies and legislative changes to encourage and support apprenticeships.

120 enterprises will receive support and 60 training programs will be developed through individual craft work under the project.