Better chances in the training market by supporting vocational orientation?

Findings from the evaluation of Federal Employment Agency projects in Lower Saxony

Coverbild: BWP 1/2014
Issue/Year (Volume) 1/2014 (43)
Page(s) 25-29

Improving vocational orientation is the stated aim of almost all vocational preparation schemes, which are aimed at supporting young people from school into training. This is based on the expectation that improved vocational orientation substantially increases young people's chances in the training market. With reference to the evaluation of projects on “Raising the certification rate – increasing employability 2” (AQB2) and “Extended vocational orientation and practical experience” (VBoP), however, this article shows that vocational orientation can be particularly effective when it simultaneously establishes contact between the young people and training firms (e.g. through long-term placements).