Peer Learning Activity: Actions to reduce early leaving in VET

EQAVET in partnership with the National Board of Education in Finland organised a peer learning activity (PLA) focused on discussing the different ways to reduce the number of learners who leave VET programmes before completing their training. The discussion  focused on quality assurance measures (and indicators) that may be used to identify and reduce the number of those learners who are most at risk of leaving early. The PLA  considered:

  • effective practice in identifying early leavers
  • how the EQAVET indicative descriptor ‘early warning systems are implemented’ and indicator number 4 are being used (i.e. the completion rate in VET programmes: the number of persons having successfully completed/abandoned VET programmes, according to the type of programme and the individual criteria)
  • the approaches which are being used to support learners who are at risk from leaving a VET programme or abandoning their training; and how learners can benefit from this aspect of quality assurance

Venue: Helsingin Diakoniaopisto, Alppikatu 2 A - 00530 Helsinki, Finland


Welcome to the peer learning activity: Presenters: Koen Bois d’Enghien, European Commission, DG EMPL; and Petri Pohjonen, Vocational Education and Training, Deputy Director General, Finnish Board of Education

Introduction to the peer learning activity - objectives, content, working methodology. Presenters: Arancha Oviedo and Keith Brumfitt, EQAVET Secretariat

SYSTEM LEVEL - Early warning systems used in VET – presentations from Finland and the Netherlands 

- How to reduce the number of learners leaving VET early in Finland.

Leena Koski – Finnish National Board of Education. Download presentation

Soili Jaarinen, Helsingin – Diakoniaopisto school, Vice principal. Download presentation

- How to reduce the number of learners leaving VET early in the Netherlands. Presenters:

Marieke Baijens – CINOP, National Reference Point in the Netherlands

Marian Kroeze – ROC van Twente school, Director

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PILOT PROJECTS - New approaches to reducing the number of early leavers in VET – presentation from Luxembourg and Germany 

- Luxembourg’s piloting arrangements for a new system. Presenters: 

Christophe Struck – Ministry of National Education and Vocational Education and Training

Claire Russon  –  Centre de Psychologie et d’Orientation Scolaires (CPOS), Psychologist

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- Germany’s experiences of running a pilot project. Presenter: 

Wolfgang Kreher – Hessisches Kultusministerium

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LESSONS from South Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey project led by the European Training Foundation (ETF) - Reducing early VET leaving and fostering social inclusion. Presenter: 

Lida Kita – ETF, Specialist in VET and Social Inclusion

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Discussions in small groups on the design and use of an early warning system which reduces the number of early leavers in VET

Day 2:

- Recap of day 1 and presentation of day 2 programme and Presentation of the findings from the pre - PLA questionnaire. Presenter: Keith Brumfitt, EQAVET expert

- Small group discussions on the key characteristics that need to be included in using any early warning system as a means to reduce the number of early VET leavers

-Summary, lessons learned and main conclusions of the PLA and closing session

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