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Building Bridge to Education

Building Bridge to Education is a program for young people under 30 years receiving education benefits.

The "Building Bridge to Education" project was implemented in the period 2013-2014. Further initiatives will be put forward in 2016 to support more local PES offices to develop and use building bridge to education programs to young unemployed people.

The aim of the program is to move vulnerable young people from unemployment towards an ordinary education and ensure their ability to finish the education.
The program caters for young people under 30 years’ old receiving education benefits, and who are expected to be able to begin an ordinary education within a year and complete the education.

Building Bridge to Education takes place at vocational schools and consists of a fixed schedule with various short internships at vocational schools and enterprises. Furthermore, the young persons will participate in courses to upgrade their basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic. Moreover, each young person is provided with a mentor to support them through their time and to provide them with some follow up support. The mentor will support the young person until the person is assigned to an ordinary internship as part of ordinary education. This allows the mentor to help the young person to handle obstacles which may occur during the process.

The initiative also aims at providing the young people with clarity about their goals regarding future education so they can become ready to continue in an ordinary education after finishing the Building Bridge to Education program. The short internships within vocational schools help this process along. Hereby the young people try different vocational education directions, which help them reach a greater feeling of clarity regarding their future choice of education.
The length of the program differs depending on the needs of the young person but is on average 15 weeks.

Evaluation of the project

A final evaluation of the Bilding Bridge to Education program is available on the brobygningtiluddannelse.dk. The evaluation shows significant results:

  • The project almost doubles the share of young people commencing a basic ordinary program at a vocational school 26 weeks after enrolment in the program.
  • The project doubles the probability for the young people to complete the first part of vocational education.
  • A positive effect can also be seen in the number of young people commencing an ordinary education program. 12 per cent of the young people, who participate in Building Bridge to Education, have commenced an ordinary education program 80 weeks after they began their participation in Building Bridge to Education. For comparison, only 8 percent of young people in a control group similar to the participants of Building Bridge to Education commence an ordinary education program at the same point in time.

Feedback from satisfaction surveys show that 80% of young people think that the initiative has helped them to move towards completing an education and 85% of participants feel that the mentor is important to help them to address their challenges.

In the spring of 2017 the results of the evaluation of “Building Bridge to Education” was updated to contain results from up to 2½ years after starting the “Building Bridge to Education” program. This expanded analysis confirm the positive results of the first “Building Bridge to Education” evaluation and by following the young for a longer timespan confirms the positive completion rate of young people participating in the “Building Bridge to Education” program compared to a similar group of young jobseekers.

Follow-up initiatives

Following the positive results of the initial Building Bridge to Education initiative the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment has initiated two follow-up initiatives.

The first initiative is an implementing measure which in the fall of 2016 allocated DKK 25 million (€3.36 million) in 35 municipalities to further the implementation of Building Bridge to Education initiatives. The young person’s participating in Building Bridge to Education receives a fixed schedule which takes place at vocational schools and includes various short internships at enterprises and different relevant educational institutions. Furthermore, the young persons will participate in courses to upgrade their basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.

Moreover, each young person is provided with a mentor. The mentor will support the young person until the person is assigned to an ordinary internship as part of ordinary education. This allows the mentor to help the young person to guide towards education and handle obstacles which may occur during the process.
The initiative also aims at providing the young people with clarity about their goals regarding future education so they can become ready to continue in an ordinary education after finishing the “Building Bridge to education program”. The short internships within the vocational schools help this process along. Hereby the young people try different vocational education directions, which help them to reach a greater feeling of clarity regarding the future choice of education.
The length of the program differs depending on the needs of the young person but is on average 3 months.

The second initiative is named “Job Bridge to Education”. This initiative is a Randomized Controlled Trial which draws on experience from “Building Bridge to Education” and general knowledge of the effects of Active Labour Market Policies and includes mentor support, practical work training etc. Contrary to the previous initiatives particularly targets some of the most vulnerable young jobseekers. In all DKK 70 million (€9.41 million) is allocated to the project which is expected to begin in earnest from the fall of 2017/beginning of 2018.

Last updated: 26-10-2018