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Early School Leaving Seminar: VET and Youth Work as an alternative learning pathway


15-19 November 2015 | Malta

The MT NA will be organizing a seminar bringing together professionals from different educational fields from across the EU and Malta to delve into the subject of ESL while also discussing how VET and Youth Work can serve as alternative learning pathways.
A Seminar including visits and workshops: ‘Early school leaving (ESL) is an obstacle to economic growth and employment’(1). The EU has set the target of reducing ESL to 10% across member states by 2020. In 2014, the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta launched a strategic plan to prevent ESL. In 2013, the rate in Malta was at 20.9%, which was the second highest in the EU(2). Studies also show that in Malta 49% of students further their studies via the Vocational education stream (3). This seminar is an opportunity for professionals to exchange ideas of common interest on ESL. It aims at encouraging the sharing of good practice to increase European cooperation this issue. Moreover, it will look into ways on how to encourage cross sectoral cooperation between schools and other institutions involved in providing VET. Participants will: - Meet representatives and persons working in the field; - Discuss and analyse strengths and weaknesses of approaches adopted in different member states in particular when providing vocational education and youth work as an alternative learning pathway; - Focus on the importance of career guidance service and youth work at all levels of education; - Explore ways of cooperating and working together on projects under Erasmus+. References: (1): http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/pdf/themes/29_early_school_leaving.pdf (2): http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/39890/newly_launched_strategy_aims_to_half_early_school_ leaving_by_2020#.U5mgMHKSy2I (3): Ministry for Education and Employment, (2014) A strategic plan for the prevention of early school leaving in Malta.

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 40 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth policy makers, Professional from the VET sector

Working language(s):



Malta (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Therese Borg Micallef


Phone: +356 25586118

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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