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The most valuable of all capital is to invest in young people

Short term (VET-) training is essential in matching young people to the regular labour market. Of course, culture and systems differ. This partnership will explore the use and possibilities of short term educational (VET-) programs to increase the competences of young adults to make the connection with the labour market. In this way we intend to create new ideas for labour market policies and instruments in the participating partner countries; The Netherlands, U.K. (Scotland), Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Croatia, Spain and Italy. Youth unemployment is an enormous challenge that needs to be tackled in a concerted and realistic way. We need initiatives that have the potential to go to scale.

The partnership 'Way to Learn to work' is such an initiative. We will do this by exploration and comparing the used local & national educational VET- programs (used by the core partners & silent partners) focused on (long term) unemployed young adults and the possibilities to adapt them to a Work first (e.g. Werkcenter Model but also programs which access to school-based New Apprenticeships) approach in the country of the partners. It's a fact that young people excluded from the labour force for long periods are deprived of on-the-job learning leaving them with a skills deficit that they will never able to catch up. Main item is therefore how unemployed young adults are able to undertake and complete VET courses (gaining work experience) in one form or the other and this can be formalized with certificates. Finally: the critical finding here is that successful outcomes other than those related to further education or employment can emerge from involvement in Work First and/or VET training.

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28 - 29 May 2015 - Meeting in Netherlands

August 2014 - Interim Highlights Way 2 Learn 2 Work

9th - 10th April 2015 - Meeting in Belgium

For the project W2L2W (Way to Learn to Work) 36 people from nine European countries were guest in...


The Way to Learn to Work project is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.