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Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training centre stage


This Cedefop study examines the contribution that vocational education and training (VET) can make to reducing early leaving from education and training (ELET).

Published in two volumes, the first is dedicated to understanding better the learning pathways of young students, providing measurements of early leaving in VET, and understanding the role of VET in breaking the vicious cycle of early leaving and unemployment. The second volume reviews VET-related measures to tackle ELET, either by preventing learners dropping out and/or by bringing those who have already left back to education and training. This volume identifies and discusses the key features of successful policies and practices, plus the conditions necessary to evaluate and upscale successful regional and local practices to national strategies.


Policies and measures to tackle early leaving from education and training are more likely to succeed if they acknowledge the different factors that can in uence it and are tailored to the specific problems of young people at risk of leaving education and training prematurely.

With some profiles of young people at risk of early leaving, small changes can make a big difference in retaining them in education and training.

Transferring successful projects and initiatives into national policies and measures will improve early leavers’ perspectives and retain learners at risk of dropping out.

Many thanks to Irena Psifidou, Department for Learning and Employability, Cedefop for having composed this panel of experts and for inviting me to participate.



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