Production schools support young people who need to catch up on their educational qualifications, social skills and personal skills before they start their vocational training.
The youth unemployment rate in Austria is 10.3%, which is higher than the average unemployment rate of 9.4% (national definition).The Austrian “youth guarantee” was introduced in 2013 to help combat youth unemployment. It guarantees that no person under 25 years of age will be unemployed for more than 6 (or 4) months.
In that context, special focus was put in Austria on NEETS, the estimated 75,000 young people between 15 and 25 not in education, employment or training.
For young people, with or without special needs and/or who live in a difficult social environment, the interface between school and the world of work is challenging. The training and guidance provided is adjusted in order to support them individually and sustainably. Approximately 1,000 young people registered at the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) are not able to enter apprenticeships directly.
The goal is to prevent young people from long-term unemployment and the resulting disadvantages. The political trend is towards qualifications and lifelong learning.