Early school leaving continues to increase in many member states in Europe meaning that we will have a large amount of the upcoming generation without sufficient education and therefore not being able to attract the labour market. For that reason it’s better to prevent early school leaving than having to tackle when the problem has already occurred.The European Council recommends that preventive measures are being taken both in general education and vocational education and training with special attention to groups of youth with an increased risk of becoming early school leavers.
The Flagship project School to Work (S2W) aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth. The project will thus contribute to the achievement of relevant targets in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU's overall strategy Europe 2020. Policy gaps and system flaws will be identified and cooperation models once established, jointly worked through in order to develop new solutions, methods and models.
The initiative will create a common platform of understanding and learning and disseminate different successful methods to deal with the issues around drop outs. The actions performed within the Flagship project will contribute to the Europe 2020 aims of both “smart growth” and “inclusive growth” and are of significant importance for the future of our region.
The first part of the initiative was financed by Swedish Institute (SI, Seed money), and for continuing the work with all partners we have achieved funding from the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). At the moment flagship partners are working for new applications to ESF, SI and Erasmus+ from all countries in the project, to have the ability to work during a longer time.
Initiator of this flagship is SALAR (The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions). At the moment there are 35 stakeholders involved from all of the countries in the Baltic Sea Area. 5 will be responsible partners for one of each focus area. SALAR will host one part, preventive measures. Swedish Board of Youth Affairs will be responsible for Statistics and Measures, Norden Association are responsible for Re-integrative measures, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social and Family Affairs Integration in Hamburg, together with GSM- Come In project will host the area One Stop Shop, and stakeholders from the Region Stavostwe Powiatowe Wolominskie Voivodeship in Poland will be responsible for Guidance and counseling.
Presentation of the flagship working groups (Sweden Salar Scool to Work) tgether with information on activities of the National Employment Agencies in all BSR countries here
Interview with project coordinator you can read here