The project will set up an effective mentoring program, confront the lack of cooperation between vocational schools and SMEs and (as an effect) diminish the number of drop-outs in vocational education. In several intensive sessions, the project will make representatives of SMEs (entrepreneurs, managers, former vocational students) and staff of vocational colleges truly connect and work together to develop and implement mentoring to diminish the number of drop-outs in VETs. The approach combines expert knowledge on the topic of mentoring from the Netherlands with best case studies in this field in the different EU countries to come to practical solutions for the universal and widespread problem of early school drop-out. Furthermore, the methods and tools to be developed will be documented and standardised maintaining an easy way to shape it for specific needs across Europe’s different regions.
The project will diminish the number of drop-outs in vocational education by developing a mentoring program that:
The project adopts an innovative mentoring approach to make representatives of SMEs (entrepreneurs, managers, former vocational students) and staff of vocational schools (teachers, tutors, managers, executive board) truly connect and work together to develop and implement the mentoring program and as a consequence diminish the number of drop-outs in vocational education. The Supreme project will define the mentor program in a handbook/manual and directly impact on EU student drop outs by disseminating and implementing it throughout Europe. A series of intensive pilot sessions will lead to new and improved relations between schools and SMEs, thus increasing the quality and quantity of the mentoring program. Initial education forms the direct target group of the intensive sessions and thus the project. Indirectly teachers, managers and the board in schools will be approached so that they will apply their acquired knowledge dealing with students and to make sure the SUPREME mentor program will be integrated into the school strategy. Teachers and mentors will consequently improve the quality of their advice and guidance and their relation with the world of work. Exact documentation and development of tools will ensure transferability to wider use across the country and the EU.