This report contains the first results of the BRIDGE project, which is being implemented in South Rotterdam with the financial support of the European Commission, in the period between the end of 2016 and the end of 2019. It consists of twenty educational interventions aimed at improving both the educational results of children from South Rotterdam and the alignment with the labour market. Children do not always complete their vocational education and too few opt for specialisations that offer good labour market prospects. By improving this situation, more young people in South Rotterdam should be able to find a job and be sustainably integrated in the employment process.
South Rotterdam lags behind North Rotterdam, other large Dutch cities and the Netherlands as a whole in socioeconomic terms. This is reflected, for example, in the fact that unemployment in South Rotterdam is considerably higher and labour participation lower than elsewhere. Moreover, there are many other problems, such as an educational disadvantage, poor housing quality and crime. Since all these problems are correlated, there is no easy solution. This is why the National Urgency Programme South Rotterdam (NPRZ) was developed. The programme focuses on three areas: education, housing and employment. BRIDGE is linked to the educational component of the NPRZ and has a duration of three years. After this period, the NPRZ intends to continue with the educational measures. Experiences from BRIDGE could result in adjustments to the educational interventions that are currently applied.
The following aspects are addressed in the first monitoring and evaluation report:
This report is made possible by a subsidy from the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme of the European Commission.
Education and training