This section proposes a selection of inspiring examples, including:

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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    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.

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    Getting Started

    The programme uses a multimodal approach resulting in a wider scope when looking at early school leaving, which can range from ‘basic’ (for those already receiving some form of support) to ‘plus’ (for those receiving no support at all).

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    Guidance and professional initiation courses and professional initiation courses to diverse professions

    Cours d’orientation et d’initiation professionnelles - COIP) et cours d’initiation professionnelle à divers métiers - IPDM)

    In Luxembourg, Guidance and professional initiation courses (COIP) include a traineeship of one week or a longer period in a company, and practical classes provided by teachers in a workshop format. 

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    Innovative Pole - Pôle Innovant Lycéen (PIL)

    The PIL aims at offering VET opportunities and general courses to early leavers between 16 and 21 years of age, combined with thorough individualised support. The PIL is a ‘one year only’ school – i.e. students do not obtain a qualification during the year. It doesn’t aim to qualify students, it aims to give early leavers the desire to learn again.

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    EXPAIRS Project

    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.

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    The drive to reduce drop-out rates

    Based on data from a centralised database, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science provides monthly and yearly reports on Early School Leaving (ESL). Based on this data, new policies are developed at ministerial level to tackle ESL.

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    VerA – Prevention of Training Dropout

    Retired trained professionals volunteer their time and experience to support apprentices as part of a  mentors scheme in Germany.

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    Ausbildungsbegleitende Hilfen (vocational training accompanying measures, ‘abH’)

    abH is a mainstream national initiative, as part of the SGB III (Social Law). In its current form, it was introduced in 2012, but slightly different forms have existed since the 1970.

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    Local Action for Youth (ALJ, Action locale pour jeunes)

    The Luxembourgish Local Action for Youth can make direct contact to help early leavers from education and training thanks to the national register of pupils updated monthly by the Education Ministry.

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    Lycée Nouvelle Chance (New Chance upper secondary school)

    The LNC focuses on the acquisition of a formal qualification. The purpose is to help participants achieve a vocational qualification at the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 3 (vocational baccalaureate) over a period of 2 years. 

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    Training for Success (TfS)

    In Northern Ireland, the ‘Training for Success’ initiative offers training to help young people develop personal and social skills, employability skills, essential skills in Communications, Application of Number and Information Communication Technology whilst working towards nationally recognised qualifications.

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    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.

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    Crafts Square

    Piazza dei Mestieri

    In Italy, ‘Crafts Square’ offers young people, unemployed young people and adults with an alternative educational offer with a good balance between practical and theoretical courses. The environment created by the ‘Craft Square’ aims to ensure learners feel understood, supported and valued.

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    Second chance schools - France

    Écoles de la deuxième chance

    French second chance schools (E2Cs) offer training programmes which incorporate individualised learning paths tailored to the needs of each participant.

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    Capacity building to students, companies and vocational schools involved in apprenticeship-training (QuABB)

    The overarching goal is to reduce the number of contract dissolutions, which lead to a permanent drop-out of education and training.

    QuABB also aims to support vocational schools as well as companies in working with "high-maintenance" apprentices.

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