The overall impact of the Retention Caravan was positive in terms of retention. Participating schools reduced drop-out rates to a greater extent than non-participating schools (28.0% compared to 24.6%).
However, participating schools did not reduce the drop-out rate amongst students of non-Danish origin more than non-participating schools (22.2% compared to 25.9%).This may be because there were twice as many students of non-Danish origin at participating VET schools than at non-participating schools. The challenge of retaining this group may thus be of another scale at the participating schools.
Interestingly, the initiatives also had a positive impact on the retention of disadvantaged Danish VET students.
Staff in participant VET schools thought that the initiatives enabled them to better deal with diversity, as well as create attractive learning environments and increased contacts with parents.