Creative Apprentice Worlds

Creative Apprentice Workshops highlight rural career opportunities in craft trades for young people in Austria

Project summary: 

A LEADER project helps young people discover rural career opportunities in craft trades through a roadshow project visiting schools. The project involved pupils, businesses, schools, and LAGs working together. Pupils and businesses created work benches showing key aspects of specific craft trades. This helped the pupils understand the type of work involved in the craft trade and thus allowed them to make better informed career decisions.

Project results: 
  • 25 work benches were created.
  • Around 9000 students took part in the roadshow.
  • On average, around 30% of the pupils who were interested in an apprenticeship started an apprenticeship with a company that the young people got to know through the project.
  • More than 95% of the entrepreneurs surveyed believed that the project could help more pupils to choose an apprenticeship.
  • The partner network covered 100 schools and 500 entrepreneurs.

The project gives young people a practical insight into a wide variety of craft trade professions within a very short time span. Such a practice-oriented approach could be made possible for more young people.

Digitisation in almost all apprenticeships is opening up new career opportunities in craft trades. Gender-stereotypical career decisions can be resolved, as previous physical strength requirements in craft trades no longer apply in many situations.