The aim of the HanDS project is to develop an integrated innovative approach to prevent
current pupils to be unemployed and get stuck at home, and to reengage people in education
and training who have had their education interrupted due to various reasons.
In order to reach this aim, secondary schools from The Netherlands (DE WISSEL) and Italy (Ten R. Righetti) decided to join forces. Although schools play an important role in addressing these problems they cannot and should not work in isolation. These problems need an integrated approach consisting of a right mixture of prevention, intervention and compensation measures. Therefore two work development organisations with a direct link to the labour market were added to the consortium: SURPLUS (The Netherlands) and EEPL (Germany).