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Support for SME

Have you ever experienced problems with your apprentice for which you could not find
a solution?
Lack of motivation, barriers in communication or learning difficulties are problems which occur in every relationship between apprentice and trainer at one time or another. Most of them can be solved, some cannot – but dismissing an apprentice means a big loss for companies as well as for the young person concerned.
For this reason companies select their apprentices very carefully and difficult young people like early school leavers, young people who have failed to complete vocational education and training and other groups of youth with socio-economic and/or personal disadvantages are often not employed.
But there are also many companies which search for apprentices and cannot find those who they are ideally looking for. With this as a backdrop and in the worsening demographical situation at the labour market it seems important to work with such youngsters intensively and professionally. And the effort pays off as our experiences show. Companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises, are more inclined to employ and/or train “difficult” young people if they receive comprehensive and intensive coaching and training support.