The junior job coach

ROC Midden Nederland (The Netherlands)

application-1915348_640This new ERASMUS+ project, “The junior job coach”, aims to address the big European problem of early school and college leaving (ESL), particularly those students who drop out of their vocational programme during their work placement. The human and financial cost of ESL is substantial.

The Junior Job Coach programme will improve the effectiveness and success of work-based learning and apprenticeships by offering students at risk with a little help. It will also offer leadership opportunities to higher-level students and targeted support for employers to get the best out of work placements and apprenticeships.

The project will develop three key products to fulfill these objectives:

  • A Competence Framework will detail the key skills that are required to be a job coach. This is to be informed by field research in five European countries.
  • A Junior Job Coach Training Programme, based on the Framework, is to be developed and offered to higher-level students. Young people at risk in work placements and apprenticeships will be matched with a higher-level student in a speed-dating session to gain maximum compatibility with needs and skills. Support for the in-work placement student will be provided face to face, by text or a preferred social media.
  • A Junior Job Coach ToolKit, containing information on the training programme, is to be customised for employers.

The project will help to:

• Increase retention and completion rates
• Offer inspiring workplace experiences to more able students
• Support employers in their quest for better qualified apprentices

The partnership consists of ROC Midden Nederland from the Netherlands (promotor), CPIP from Romania, Gobierno de Navarra from Spain, Cambridge Regional College from the UK and BFI OÖ from Austria. The project started September 1 and will run for 30 months. If you interested in more information or would like to be updated on developments please send an e-mail to: Anja van den Einden (a.vandeneinden@rocmn.nl).