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Vocational training for elate startersi

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Active labour market policies aiming at the promotion of apprenticeship training for young people used / to end at the age of 25 (common European definition of ‰youthˇ). However, some youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds mature only later so that they would be able to obtain a vocational degree. Against the background of demographic ageing and latent skills shortages, the programme aims at tapping this potential by training young adults for a full or partial vocational degree.
Target group
Policy Field
  • education
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • private for profit
  • public
Duration of the policy
2013; open-ended
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporal
  • Budgets: no separate budget, using existing programmes
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 100,000 within three years (2013-2015)
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Providing unskilled young adults 25+ with a full or at least partial vocational degree
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
rather short-term; programme might be wound up if not successful
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • training schemes
Intended target group
young adults without a vocational qualification
Working age population
  • educational level (low/medium/high) (low)
  • employment situation (please specify: e.g. typical work/atypical/unemployed) (any)
  • family situation (married/separated/single) (any; single mothers are part of the target group)
  • income level (low/medium/high) (low)
  • main source of income: paid work
  • main source of income: social protection (please specify; e.g. unemployment benefits/disability benefits/social assistance/other benefits) (unemployment benefits or minimum income support for jobseekers)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-agency or national social insurance body (Federal E mployment Agency)
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-employees (organised or individual) (individual)
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-employers (organised or individual) (individual)
Intended output
  • training schemes
Intended and unintended outcomes
According to a recent press release, the drop-out rate from the programme is 36 / per cent. This compares with a drop-out rate of 16 per cent for regular apprenticeships at younger age (Uhly, Alexandra (2014): Zu Problemen der Berechnung einer Abbruchquote f?r die duale / Berufsausbildung. Alternative Kalkulationen auf Basis der Berufsbildungsstatistik der statistischen źmter des Bundes und der L?nder. Diskussionspapier. Bundesinstitut f?r Berufsbildung. Bonn.)
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