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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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Good practice

Certification Per Unit (CPU)

In the French-speaking community of Belgium, Certification Per Unit (CPU) allows students to validate their skills gradually. This gives value to the young person’s learning outcomes and can help to avoid year repetition.

Good practice

Coaching and counseling for apprentices and training companies - Apprenticeship coaching

Apprenticeship coaching in Austria aims to avoid drop outs due to misunderstanding or conflict between apprentices and in company trainers. The latter may also receive coaching or counselling as required, in order to ensure the success of the mediation.

Toolkits and tools

CodeRed Curriculum and learning material.

The Code RED Curriculum and learning material supports young people develop their employability skills. A Tutor Handbook also provides information on supporting young people re-engage in education and training.

Toolkits and tools

Concept and Materials – involve parents, improve school.

The Involve Parents, Improve school toolkit provides practical solutions to teachers on how to improve parent involvement in school activities.

Quick win

Create opportunities for informal interactions between students and VET provider staff

Creating opportunities for informal interactions between learners and staff can help build trust and create positive relationships.

Toolkits and tools

ePortfolio for Your Future (ePortfolio 4YF) - Student Computer Art Society/SCAS – LLP project

The ePortfolio for Your Future (ePortfolio 4YF) project combines an innovative multimedia self-assessment tool (‘self-discovery game’) and an ePortfolio to prepare students to overcome the mismatch between education and work.

Good practice


The EXPAIRS project in French-speaking Belgium aims to prevent early leaving by stimulating students, showing them that VET is interesting and by finding new strategies to motivate learners to stay in education and training.