PREDIS has joined the European strategic development framework for cooperation in the area of general and vocational education (ET 2020) in its efforts to reduce the dropout rate of VET to below 10% by 2020. More than 6 million youngsters in the EU have not completed VET or any another secondary school. As a result, these youngsters face major unemployment, which in turn influences the social and economic development of a country. Amongst these youngsters, migrants and Roma are disproportionately affected. At the same time, they face discrimination at the transition from general school to VET. PREDIS aims to counteract this and will undertake a survey that will investigate the root causes. Building on the findings from the needs analysis, we will conceptualize and develop modules for staff involved in VET. Similarly, we design youth empowerment approaches.
The causes of early school leaving and early abandonment of vocational education and training are just as complex as today’s society has growingly become. They are societal and cannot be individualized - explained in terms of individual or cognitive deficits. They must be resolved by society. The problematic has been linked to the interaction of factors such as language barriers, individual social-economic status which is a societal construct, racism, discrimination, exclusion, family context, gender, socio-economic context of the education and training systems attended by the affected, other factors within the school, education and training environment, inhibiting policies and bureaucratic processes, failure to recognize non-formal & informal learning and international qualifications, lack of intercultural competences, etc. Migration status compounds this complex interaction and its impacts. It is therefore not surprising that youths of a migration background are more impacted. In order to effectively tackle this problematic, complex and diversified approaches are required. PREDIS integrates a transnational approach which taps into the synergy of a consortium of five European partners who operate collaboratively at local, municipal, national and international levels.