Region Östergötland

In English #jagmed

Many young people drop out of upper secondary education, which is a challenge for young people as well as society. This is why Region Östergötland initiated the project #jagmed – which aims to involve young people in work and study.

#jagmed is a project which targets young people between 15 and 24 years old who were at risk of being excluded from school due to the fact that they don’t start or complete their secondary education. A high level of drop-outs causes increased costs for the municipality and for the individual; this often leads to unemployment and health problems. The project #jagmed aims to reduce the drop-out rate of secondary schools and give students an opportunity to return to their studies.

The project brings together five regions in a partnership that develops methods for early identification and prevents future drop-outs from upper secondary school.  The project aims to prevent drop-out rates and study failures and encourage young people to return to studies or internship / work and get access to the labor market. The project has many subprojects where the municipalities implement various activities to help young people get back into studies or work.

 #jagmed is a joint project in East Central Sweden. The project consists of five main areas and the participating organisations are responsible for one area each. Read more about these lines of activity on this website or via the organizations’ own websites:

  • The Sörmland Regional Council
  • The Uppsala Regional Council
  • The Örebro County region
  • The Västmanland region
  • The Östergötland region

The project is financed by the European Social Fund (ESF)

Facts and figures:

  • 24 percent of young people in East Central Sweden don’t complete their upper secondary education within four years
  • The proportion of men who don’t achieve a complete upper secondary education is three to five percentage points higher compared to that of women
  • 15 percent of students  in academic programs don’t complete upper secondary education after four years
  • 23 percent of students in vocational programs don’t complete  their upper secondary education
  • Among those young people who have difficulties entering the labour market are young, new arrivals with a varied educational background and young people with disabilities
  • Deficits in primary and secondary education is one of the reason why people with disabilities generally have a lower level of education than the rest of population
  • Within the rest of the population, women in both of these groups have a higher level of education than men.