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


15-19 November 2015 | Malta


The Maltese National Agency will be organising a seminar which brings together professionals from different educational fields from across the EU and Malta to delve into the subject of Early School Leaving (ESL) while also discussing how VET and Youth Work can serve as alternative learning pathways.


‘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, which will include include visits and workshops, 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+.


Application deadline: 22nd October, 2015

Date of selection: 29th October, 2015



For more information about this training course, click here, or contact Therese Borg Micallef, EUPA Programme Officer, E-Mail: therese.borg-micallef@gov.mt, Phone: +356 25586118.


This call is open for Maltese nationals/residents who are members of or work with a Maltese NGO/entity/organisation/group.