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August 2014 - Interim Highlights Way 2 Learn 2 Work


The aims of the ‘Way 2 Learn 2 Work Partnership’ are:

to explore the use and possibilities of short term educational (VET-) programs to improve the skills of young adults in order to participate in the labour market.

• to explore the differences, obstacles and similarities of current employment strategies focused on young adults in each partner country -looking at policy, organizational and individual staff competences

• to explore and compare local and national educational VET- programs focused on (long term) unemployed young adults and to consider the viability of adapting them for other countries' use or adopting a Work first (e.g. Werkcenter Model) approach.

To explore the barriers to starting a Work First model with VET-programs that operate within the framework of the local, national social system and laws of each partner country.

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.

To look at how young people excluded from the labour force for long periods are encouraged to (re)engage with learning so as to be able to undertake and complete VET courses (gaining work experience) in one form or the other


6 down 4 to go

To date (August 2014) the Way 2 Learn 2 Work partnership has visited 6 countries: Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Romania & Croatia. Through these visits we have gained a unique insight into the situation of youth unemployment in these countries, the related policy, laws & regulation, vocational education and the wider support services and interventions to battle youth unemployment and to support youth employment. As part of these study visits we have discussed similarities and differences, obstacles and challenges of the education and employment strategies aimed at young people (and specifically young jobseekers) and explored the possibilities for improvement and adaption to our local contexts. At each country we have secured that  the partnership engaged with young people in a local context (to tell the tale: Often the input from young people can offer unique and honest insight into the practicalities surrounding policies or service provision)  as well as facilitated transnational networking with key stakeholders working in the area of (vocational) training, education and employment.


Key Messages, Learning Points and Results

The Key Messages, learning points and results achieved so far in the Way 2 Learn 2 Work Partnership:


  • The development of country comparator templates: Partners have developed a template to provide a uniformed approach to gathering information and related data for each partner. The template covers employment rates, structures, policy development and service delivery routes. Having this information ahead of a visit it allows participants to understand the challenges facing the host country and an outline of the interventions and delivery mechanisms being used or developed. This allows participants to compare different partner systems, prepare in advance of the visit for areas which are of particular interest.
  • Project Website and Forums: The project website www.way2learn2work.eu is a useful dissemination tool and the private partner section allows for easy access to information gathered at country visits, including presentations, video’s and minutes
  • Sharing of insights into policies and practice related to youth employment in all countries visited.
  • A dynamic interaction and flow of ideas between all partners which included Universities, business, public and third sector organisations.
  • Cross Country and Cross Sector Networking opportunities; the project partners are a mixture of local and national government, NGOs, Educational institutions and service providers. Each offers a differing view point which has allowed a much betterrounded discussion at each visit. This has allowed connectivity on issues far wider than just partner organisations, and opportunities for further work and co-operation beyond this project and beyond the current partnership are being pursued. The Sub-groups have been established in Bucharest (by themes identified at the Cologne meeting) looking at E-learning, vocational orientation, social Innovation & disadvantaged people.
  • Identification of barriers in countries visited and discussion of potential solutions
  • Wider dissemination of knowledge through use of the website and  posting of minutes and presentations
  • Demonstration of successful effect of greater employer engagement on young person’s chances of successful transition to work
  • Increased knowledge and insight of the needs and circumstances of young people in the EU
  • An opportunity the W2L2W-partners to improve its capacity to work with other organisations across Europe
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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.