Early school leavers are broadly defined as 16 to 25 years old who have left school with a lower secondary education or less. Beyond the cost to individuals, early school leaving hinders economic growth and competitiveness. High-tech modern economies need skilled workers and drop outs are more likely to claim social benefits, putting pressure on state resources.
The EU’s plan for tackling early school leaving aims to reduce the average dropout rate to below 10% by 2020.
Main aims of the project are:
- develop educational approaches in a supportive environment at work to young people dropping out of school,
- develop reintegration programs include communications, new technologies, cultural education and socio-occupational training,
- create thematic network dedicated to training for young workers who work as apprentice.
There are eleven partners and all partners has experience on vocational education and trainings. Partners are vocational institutes of universities, vocational training centre, adult education providers, counselling information service provider, NGOs about education and social work activities.
Outputs of the project are:
- Training needs analysis of partner countries
- Database of organisations working with disadvantaged young workers who were dropped out of school
- Training curriculum
- Project web platform
- E-instruction to use by trainers, instructors in organizations
- Evaluations/analysis reports of coaching and trainings