ESF programme of the Federal Government: Career entry support

This programme seeks to get young people into vocational training. The aims of the individual programme steps are to help individuals:

  • earn a school-leaving qualification
  • improve career orientation and choice of career
  • enter a vocational training relationship that remains stable for the duration of training

The career start mentors provide the young persons with continuous, individual support from school through to the vocational training stage. Measures commence in the penultimate year of general education schools and continue for up to six months into the vocational training. If the individual does not manage to successfully transition from school to vocational training, coaching is provided in the transitional field for up to 24 months.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Young people, young adults

as well as lower-achieving pupils who wish to earn a lower secondary school certificate (Hauptschulabschluss) but are likely to have difficulty doing so and/or encounter problems in transitioning from school to vocational training (also inclusion issues). Furthermore, the programme is also aimed at pupils seeking to earn a school-leaving qualification from a special needs school if subsequent vocational training appears viable.

Implementation period

2014.11.15 - 2022.07.31

  • Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Thematic objective

C: Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and life-long learning

Additional Information

web­site of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales

Referat IIb2

53107 Bonn


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