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This section proposes a selection of inspiring examples, including:

  • quick wins - relatively simple activities that can contribute to tackling early leaving
  • good practices – successful measures implemented in different EU countries to tackle early leaving
  • toolkits and tools that have been developed to help tackle early leaving in Europe.

These examples were selected as part of the Cedefop study ‘Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training (VET) centre stage’. Would you like to know more about the methodology used to select the examples and the countries covered? Go to About >

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Statistics and Data

Young people from a migrant background at greater risk of leaving education and training early

In the EU, more than one in four young people from a migrant background leave education and training too early.

Efforts in education are critical to preparing immigrants, and particularly their descendants, to be more successful and more active participants in society (Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of Member States on Integration, 4.5.2010).

The indicator considered here is the percentage of young people aged 18 to 24 who leave education and training early. It is calculated for all young people in that age group and is further specified for two particular sub-groups: young people born abroad and young people with foreign citizenship.

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A Longitudinal Study of Educational Trajectories of Youth at Risk of Early School Leaving

The paper presents the findings of the longitudinal qualitative study of the educational trajectories of youth at risk of early school leaving in seven EU member-states.

This publication focuses particularly on the perspectives of young people under study.

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Good practice

ASLAM Cooperativa Sociale

The Italian cooperative ASLAM (VET provider) seeks to respond to the skills needs of the companies in the region of Alto Milanese, by closely cooperating with them.


Austria - Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training centre stage

This report discusses the rates of early leaving from VET, and the type of data collected in the country to monitor this phenomenon. The report summarises the main strategies and policy initiatives to tackle early leaving from education and training, and discusses the role played by VET. The country report was developed as background material to the Cedefop study: Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training centre stage.

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Good practice

Back-to-school structures (SRE) (also known as New Chance Schools)

Compensation structures for early school leavers wanting to come back to school to get general or technical high school diploma (‘baccalauréat’, ‘certificat d’aptitude professionnelle’).


Books of good practices - 'Alternatives to grade retention’/ Samen tot aan de meet (STAM)

As part of the STAM initiative in Belgium, a good practice guidebook has been published which looks at grade retention and alternative solutions. It analyses the context in which grade retention is embedded, provides an overview of research into the topic and provides guidance on implementation.

Good practice

BOP: Vocational orientation programme, offered at vocational training centres - special focus on BFZ: vocational training centres of the educational institute of the Bavarian Industry and Trade

The German Vocational Orientation Programme, ‘BOP’, aims to give students an insight into a wide range of professions. It also aims to inform students about their potential to develop an idea as to which professions might suit them better than others.