Prävention von Ausbildungsabbrüchen durch frühzeitige individuelle Beratung

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"Qualification of vocational training professionals for the identification and counselling of trainees with a high dropout risk" (PraeLAB)

Running time: 10/2010 - 10/2012 (25 months)

PraeLAB is an innovative European project which aims to improve the prevention of dropout. The partners involved in the project have developed and tested various data collection tools and holistic counselling concepts.


For many years now, the dropout rate in vocational training in Europe has remained consistently high. This affects not only those countries with a dual training system where trainees alternate working in the work-place and learning at school but also those with a predominantly school-based vocational education system. A dropout from education or training usually leaves all those involved with a deep sense of failure and carries huge risks at both personal and social levels as well as leading to a more difficult eventual later integration into the labour market. Among businesses participating in the training of young people, especially SMEs, a dropout often creates not only economic damage but also dramatically decreases their willingness to train apprentices in the future. Various innovative measures in some European countries demonstrate the relevance of the topic

The project has focused on four main areas:

  1. Systematic improvement of the cooperation between the instructors, teachers, guidance counsellors and case managers involved in vocational training;
  2. Use and modification of a proven and valid tool, for identifying adolescents with a dropout risk: modification of a tool, developed in Switzerland, for the identification and diagnosis od adolescents with a dropout risk;
  3. Implementation of innovative methods for holistic counselling of these young people with special attention to migration and gender aspects;
  4. Development and accreditation of a training strategy for the qualification of vocational training and counselling professionals.

Objectives and operational stages of the project

Long-term goals

  1. Optimisation of networking and cooperation between all the training institutions and vocational training professionals
  2. Improving the qualification of vocational training professionals
  3. Identification of adolescents with a dropout risk through innovative and efficient data collection procedures
  4. Individually tailored counselling to young people at risk of dropping out

Target groups

The project, its tools and concepts are of interest to:


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