Vocational Training in the Netherlands: Reform and Innovation-Oecd

  • Title: Vocational Training in the Netherlands: Reform and Innovation
  • Author: Oecd
  • Released: 1994-12-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 220
  • ISBN: 9264142983
  • ISBN13: 978-9264142985
  • ASIN: 9264142983


In the Netherlands, there has been a growing emphasis to bridge the gap between general and vocational education. The vocational element in university programs is being strengthened and the vocational sector is increasingly recognized as providing programs and qualifications equivalent to those of universities. Following a general overview of these policy reforms and innovations, this publication focuses on developments in four areas of economic activity which have affected the needs and demands for knowledge and skills: tourism, the printing industry, installation technology and CNC machining, and flexible production automation. These sectoral case studies reveal that shifts in vocational education and training run parallel to changes in industry structures. The national and sectoral qualification structure presently in elaboration will reinforce the integration of school and firm based pathways, and thereby better harmonize training with industry needs.
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