Reducing rates of Drop-outs in VET

Euregio Berufsbildung e.V. ( Foundation for European cooperation in VET) is the German legal entity and coodinator of the Erasmus + (call 2016) project “Strategien zur Verringerung von “dropouts” im Bereich VeT” ( Strategies to reduce the rates of drop outs in VET) with partners from 5 European countries.

Coordinator: Euregio Berufsbildung e.V., Stolberg, Germany


ROC Leeuwenborgh, Regional Center for VET and Adult Education, Maastricht, the Netherlands,

Berufskolleg Herzogenrath, , Germany

Zentrum für Aus- und Weiterbildung des Mittelstandes, Eupen, Belgium

Koulutuskeskus Salpaus, Lahti, Finland

CIPFP Mislata, Valencia, Spain

Project Summary:

It is the aim of the Lissabon-Strategy 2010 to reduce the number of drop-outs considerably until the year 2020. Nevertheless it is ascertainable that even in 2015 the number of drop-outs without final certificates have not changed all too much. A similar tendency is to detect with dropouts from vocational training.

With surveys at our partner institutes and their social foundations (such as professional associations, VETs and secondary schools) it is the corresponding answer that also there the number of dropout from secondary or vocational schools has remained the same or is increased.

The gap between youths that do not find an entry into vocational life without help and firms that make increasingly higher demands on their employees widens noticeably according to the DIHK in Berlin. The present dealings with boredom with school and refusing school also increasingly discernible increasingly in vocational schools starts mostly at too late a stage and the persons involved (teachers, legal guardians, chambers and social workers) are not that well coordinated to counter steer preventively.
1. An analysis of the reasons and causes of drop-outs in vocational education and vocational training in our partner schools in Belgium, Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. Are they comparable to those of German drop-outs?

2. Have our partner countries developed comparable instruments, methods or modules to force back the number of drop-outs, especially in the VET-segment? In that case it would be very interesting to get to know them.

3. In co-operation with our project partners and beyond that with our social partners we must consider to what extent certain instruments, methods and modules may be adjusted in modification.

4. Implement suitable didactic instruments and methods into the annual plan.

5. At the end of the project and after a phase of intensive evaluation it must be examined whether subsequently a partner project can be worked out with the partners involved presently and possibly with further European partner schools in order to develop, test and implement mutual methods, instruments and modules.