Facilitating the transition from school to employment for underprivileged youth!
Every year, around 300 000 young people in Germany, who leave school with a poor or no school leaving certificate, enter a so-called transition system as they don’t have the level to access universities and vocational schools. The transition program is supposed to upskill them and prepare them for an apprenticeship but only 40% of participants exit the program with a solution. The Equality in Vocational Training project aims at transforming the transition system by establishing an impact-based Quality Standard for socially disadvantaged youth that makes the outcomes of trainings in the transition system transparent and measurable, and thereby fosters an impact-based funding logic of such programs in the market. Furthermore, the project wants to make transition programs more soft skill focused to valorise the strengths of youth that the traditional system does not take into account sufficiently. The objective is to reach around 30,000 students in the upcoming 5 years.
With a clear vision in mind, the project team was able to make the following achievements during their participation in the acceleration program:
Through the participation in the acceleration program, the Quality Standard project team managed to refine and strengthen its value proposition. Furthermore, connections with experts on impact measurement, digital application design and advocacy were established which helped to improve the project’s approach.
Finally, the possibility of partnerships with L’Oréal and Unilever has been established and will be further pursued after the acceleration.
Examples of the project’s next steps are setting up a pilot and building a digital survey tool.