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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    Second Chance Schools - Spain

    Escuelas de Segunda Oportunidad (E2O)

    The project offers practical and effective solutions to young people in Spain without a job or qualification, through the development of an innovative model of Second Chance School (E2O).

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    Stay tuned

    Boosting the frequency of qualification

    This site collects together all the key outputs and insights from the Stay Tuned project, an URBACT Implementation Network of nine European cities, specifically looking at how to implement strategies that tackle Early Leaving from Education and Training (ELET – also known as Early School Leaving).

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    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’).

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    Information Exchange Inter-Ministerial System (IEIS) and Disengagement Monitoring and Support Platforms (PSAD)

    An inter-ministerial information system at the national level to identify and support early school leavers and a network of local “second chance” actors providing the support.

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    Invest in talent

    Invest in Talent offers a combined offer of: internships, work, education, affordable housing, coaching for vulnerable young people to reduce dropout rates and support sustainable career perspectives.

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    CroCooS – Prevent dropout! Early Warning System for preventing and reducing dropout from school

    CroCooS – Prevent dropout! project identified elements of a comprehensive institutional early warning system (EWS) and tested its applicability in national contexts. The final product of the project is the CroCooS Knowledge Centre, which is a complex system linking closely the Resource Pool (theoretical background in easy-to-understand language), the Guidelines (how to build an institutional EWS) and the EWS-Toolkit (several tools can be used in the school to prevent dropout).

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    Contact Points for people who gained professional qualifications abroad (AST)

    Counselling on recognition and further educational topics for migrants, people entitled to asylum status and to subsidiary protection. Multilingual consultations are offered in the following languages: German, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Turkish, English, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, Dioula, and Bobo. Through lobbying and networking with decision-makers and opinion leaders AST gathers information, analyses and responds to policy initiatives and social developments with the aim to represent the interests of migrants.

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    Comprehensive pathways for the integration of young people

    Programme for young people implemented by the cooperative "Jovent" offering comprehensive pathways of guidance, training, social inclusion and labour market insertion.

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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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    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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    Platform for monitoring and coordination of early leavers (PSAD)

    PSAD aims at early identification of “Early School Leavers” and the enhancement of coordination among local stakeholders active in the fight against early school leaving with a view to making compensatory (‘second chance’) measures more effective.

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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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    JBA – youth labour employment agency

    Jugendberufsagentur - Hamburg

    German youth labour employment agencies (JBA) bring together career guidance and counselling services in one single place.

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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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    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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