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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    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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    Supra-Company Training

    Überbetriebliche Lehrausbildung (ÜBA)

    In Austria, young adults finding it hard to obtain an apprenticeship are assisted by a nationwide program called “Supra-Company Training”. The measure provides apprenticeship training to help young people enter the labour market.

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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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    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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    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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    Ready for Education and Training

    Produktionsschule (formerly known as ‘AusbildungsFIT)

    In Austria, the ‘Produktionschule’ initiative offers training modules for practical training and work. Through coaching, workshops and sports, young people develop cultural and social skills needed to take part in education or enter the labour market.

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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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    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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    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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    Introductory training (Einstiegsqualifizierung (EQ))

    The “Introductory training” scheme has been running in Germany since 2004. The scheme funds apprenticeship-like training with a view to helping young people find a regular apprenticeship opportunity.

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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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    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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    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.

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