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JBH – Youth Job Assistance in vocational schools (Youth Job Training Programme)


The project

Usually, upon the completion of their general school education, students then either attend a vocational school or they take advantage of an apprenticeship programme in a company. Those incapable of directly benefiting from the two previously mentioned options, attain, in most cases, a supplemental qualification by successfully completing a so called vocational preparatory year (Berufsvorbereitungsjahr or simply BVJ) in a vocational school. BVJ students have attended either a special or a secondary school and have poor school certification upon completion or none at all. Deficits that many suffer from are inefficiency and learning disabilities and they lack the abilities and moreover the possibilities needed for the independent planning of the course of their lives. The project “Youth Job Assistance” in vocational schools 2008 attacked this problem and is a continuation of the successful work of the similar ESF projects which were implemented from 2004 till 2007.

The BVJ students were motivated to develop and realise perspectives for their private and professional lives. Clearly expressed, that means that the students received assistance in the selection of a profession and in the search for apprenticeship and they also received support in the preparation for such vocational training or occupation. Responsible for the execution of this task were youth workers (social workers who work with youths) of the Kolping training centres in Schwaebisch Hall / Crailsheim who have been deployed in both vocational schools of the Schwaebisch Hall / Crailsheim rural district. They cared for as many as 256 students to whom they offered routine consultation. Within the framework of individual case assistance they worked together with the student in the development of plans for the students future, arranged contacts with information offices and with the authorities and gave support in the search for apprenticeship and with job applications as well. The parents of the BVJ students were involved as well.

An important prerequisite for successful youth assistance is the close and goal-oriented co-operative work with the respective teachers of the BVJ students and with all other involved positions in the instruction of these students. For that reason, meetings of a regional working party were held regularly with staff of the schools, the youth welfare department, the local employment agency and the youth workers as well.

Together the group worked on finding ways of offering every student a perspective upon the students’ completion of the BVJ. This goal stands under the motto “no certification without continuation”.


Project execution
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Stuttgart, Germany

Contact person
Axel Schmidt, Location Head of Kolpint Training Centre Crailsheim

EU-Funding Programme
ESF Objective 2

Sum of Funding
41,973 €

Period of Funding
01.01.2008 - 31.12.2008

Financially supported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Families and Senior Citizens of Baden-Württemberg with funds of the European Social Fund.

ESF Baden Württemberg EU