Completing education: a local case study from Austria

Working with young people before they drop out of school is a priority - working with young people when they have already left the education system can be significantly more challenging and costly. Network DYNAMO in Vienna works with both young migrants who have dropped out of the school system and those at risk of dropping out, helping them to complete education and attain basic qualifications.

The project was established in 2007 with the aim of compensating for the disadvantage that young people with a migration background experience in education. The participating organisations are the Vienna Adult Education Centre and the Integrationshaus Vienna, both long established partners of the City of Vienna. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture is the main funding authority.

Network DYNAMO focuses on the transition between school and work and offers opportunities for young people to attain basic qualifications, enter training and the labour market. The services offered include professional and personal counselling, support in German language learning, additional training prior to the re-taking of school examinations and acquiring further qualifications. Almost 15 000 people have taken advantage of educational information, counselling, and orientation services since the network began.

It has proven to be particularly innovative as a result of the diverse programmes it offers, which means that flexible and complementary packages can be developed, tailored to the individual’s needs. Young people can participate in several consecutive programmes which helps create a seamless career-planning service. The scheme provides a comprehensive support structure and offers advice on a broad range of subjects beyond education and employment. Since 2010 Network DYNAMO has undergone restructuring but its aims and activities remain the same. 

More information 

Froy, F. and L. Pyne (2011), “Ensuring Labour Market Success for Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Youth”, OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Papers, 2011/09, OECD Publishing.