This working group looks at ways to prevent young people from leaving school without qualifications and to improve the link between education and labour market.

The overall objective of the WG is to promote social inclusion through education  by stressing the importance of

• early childhood care and education for future schooling.

• increasing the interest for vocational training among young people.

• bringing newly arrived young people into the system quickly in order to offer them an education and avoid them ending up in a state of alienation. Young people who are outside the system and under the age of 20 are a priority and the whole city is making a concerted effort to achieve good results.

• decreasing the number of early school leavers as we know how important it is for young people to have a good standard of education if they are to enter the labour market and if we are to prevent alienation. 

The WG has agreed that for 2016, the ‘peer/criticial friend review’ methodology will be followed and will replace the ordinary study visit. This means that the participating members of the WG act as a group and prepare as a group the questions that will be posed to the hosting organization and also prepare the common feedback for the plenary session after the 'peer/critical friend review'. A small working group was set up at the meeting in November 2015 as a support group for the hosting city during preparation.


Karin Asplund
Head of Operations

vice chair

Jean-Jacques Derrien
Projects Manager for European Development in Education Department

EUROCITIES staff contact

Thomas Jezequel
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor