Youth employment and social policies

Evaluation of a German apprenticeship support programme


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Project: "Evaluation of JOBLINGE’s basecamp programme" 


Context and objectives

Launched as a public-private partnership after the Global Financial Crisis, the JOBLINGE programme supporting disadvantaged youth in their labour market integration currently operates in over 30 locations across Germany. Following the six-months programme that combines training elements as well as cultural and sports offers with one-on-one mentoring, a large majority of the participants start an apprenticeship, continue their formal education, or find a job. In 2020, Frankfurt (Main)’s location of JOBLINGE aimed to launch basecamp as a new programme open to former JOBLINGE participants and other apprentices. As part of this programme, apprentices can participate in a variety of educational, cultural and sports programmes in an open workspace.

JOBLINGE requested the Youth Team of the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs to carry out an evaluation of basecamp. This project is a follow-up to a prior OECD evaluation of a JOBLINGE programme component, the Digital Catch Up of Youth with Parents Born Abroad. The evaluation is supported by Funding of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The aim of the project is to evaluate whether basecamp meets its set objectives, and to potentially propose improvements for the Frankfurt pilot as well as other locations.

Outputs and activities

Description of the basecamp programme and the context of the apprenticeship market in the Rhein-Main region
Assessment of usage patterns and skill developments among participants
Identification of relevant good practices across OECD countries


  • Analysis of summary and microdata on the labour market integration of young people in the state of Hesse

  • Study visits to the Frankfurt location
  • Qualitative interviews with apprenticeship providers, trainers, teachers and the job centre about their expectations and experiences with the programme
  • Survey among basecamp participants and other apprentices and focus group discussions with basecamp participants to gain insights into the reasons for their programme participation, their interactions with the programme and their skills development
  • Analysis of useful experiences of relevant programmes in other OECD countries
  • Suggestions for improvements of the basecamp programme based on good practice examples
  • Discussion of the lessons derived from basecamp for support and continuous education programmes for young apprentices and workers in other countries

The project relies on a mix of research methods:

  • Desk research of relevant OECD publications, as well as those of other international organisations and the academic literature
  • Study visits to the Frankfurt location, including semi-structured interviews and focus groups with participants, trainers and stakeholders
  • Surveys among basecamp participants and other apprentices that include modules about their interactions with the basecamp programme as well as a skill assessment tool.

Relevance for other countries

Basecamp is an innovative programme that combines aspects of remedial support for apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds with continuous education and training programmes for all types of apprentices. A programme that aims to help young people settle into the labour market while simultaneously building habits of networking, mutual support and continuous education offers interesting avenues that could be relevant across different OECD countries, whether or not they have strong established apprenticeship programmes or not. This projects fits in the broader effort of the OECD to help countries improve their policies for young people.


Related work

- OECD work on Youth employment and social policies

- OECD (2021) Digital Catch Up of Youth with Parents Born Abroad


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