The main objective of the YOUVET project was the exchange of experiences and the identification of good practices in the field of initial vocational education for disadvantaged young people in Europe. On the basis of the identified problem area where a number of different approaches have been introduced in the different European countries to tackle the problems of disdadvantaged young people in VET, the need for mutual exchange, analysis and evaluation of approaches is huge and VET organisations dealing with the target group (including the companies providing important and major parts of initial VET especially in dual VET systems) are in need of transferable good practices and feedback on their actual approaches.
During the exchange and discussion in the project partnership different models and approaches have been collected, discussed and mutually evaluated for its success potentials. Furthermore, good practices have been identified and the opportunity for in-depth discussion on bilateral basis between Partners were provided.
The project aimed to develop and transfer approaches of good practice between the project partners to improve the situation of young disadvantaged people in initial VET and involve the world of work directly into the discussions as it plays an important and major role in VET training.
In order to achieve the objectives of the partnership the project was divided in different work phases. This allowed the focus on specific instruments and activities for a specific period. Furthermore, the development of criteria and templates how to analyse and present the information was ensured comparability, clear structure and user-friendliness of the project outcomes. Beside the reflection of national conditions in the outcomes there was an additional focus on the diversity of sectors and types of organisations.
The partnership represented institutions of vocational edcuation (schools, training providers, university) as well as from the labour market and economic sectors to cover different perspectives in the vocational field.
Beside the development of material the project offered a good opportunity to improve the awareness level about initial VET training for disadvantaged young people in general.
Phase 1 – Preparation (definition of disadvantages)
Phase 2 – Work based solutions (production schools, dual apprenticeship systems etc.)
Phase 3 – Pedagogical and psychological support structures in VET
Phase 4 – Enabling VET institutions – what is it?