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Innovationin Early School Leaving



Europe 2020 strategy has a headline target to ‘Reduce early school leaving to less than 10% by 2020, from 13.5% in 2011’. This project will allow for the transfer of innovative practices in this field across Europe, including targeting of countries where the early school leaving rate is significantly above the EU2020 target, e.g. Turkey, Portugal, Italy, Romania.


Partners have been selected through their ability to integrate innovative practice with regards ESL at organisational, sectoral and geographical level.  Partners already work in VET and the target cohorts and have experience of successfully managing and delivering international projects.


The coordinator is Bury College (UK) and the partners are: Erifo (IT), IPA SA S.C. (RO), Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto (PT), Nahit Menteşe Girls Technical and Vocational High School (TR).

The aim of this project is to establish a network of European VET organisations to facilitate the import and export of best practice to improve the quality of training for people at risk of / who are Early School Leaving.

The objectives of the project are to:

To share best practice within the partnership by delivering 5 workshops aligned to the key issues affecting early school leaving.

To produce corresponding best practice manuals.

To enable partners to observe the application of best practice through benchmarking visits that will be facilitated within the workshop schedule

To ensure the involvement of key stakeholders including beneficiaries, parents, employers, funders in project implementation and dissemination activities

To enable all partners to import and apply at least 1 innovative aspect of best practice within their organisation

To share learning from the programme by hosting local and European dissemination events for a wider network and by making all products freely available on the Internet