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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement20 November 2017Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Non-traditional education is the answer


When a traditional school environment wasn’t working for Bruno, a special school and vocational training project were the perfect alternative.
Bruno De Almeida Aveiro is from the small town of Bissen in Luxembourg. A hard-working young man, he could never quite find his feet at a traditional school. “I tried to study, but I just couldn’t manage it,” he explains. “I lost concentration very easily and the teacher suggested I go to a special school.”
Bruno followed the teacher’s advice and it was while at his new school that he first encountered the Liewenshaff project. Liewenshaff aims to support young people with special problems or no formal qualifications by helping them to improve their social, academic and professional skills. The project runs vocational training courses in cooking, agriculture, horticulture, iron working and industrial cleaning – the last of which particularly appealed to Bruno.
He attended the course on a weekly basis at first, before later increasing to full-time. As well as the training, the project helped Bruno to find work experience with the local authority in his town. Part of the municipal parks and gardens team, he was responsible for cleaning and caring for Bissen’s green spaces.
The project was also on hand to help Bruno find permanent employment and looking back, he’s grateful for the support he received. “At school, I wasn't advancing, and if it weren't for Liewenshaff I would not have been able to get a job at all. It showed me how life is and that in life you have to work.”
Want to find out more? Check out the links below:
About the project
The Liewenshaff project
Creating chances for youth (ESF website)
Opportunities for young people (Youth Guarantee)