The education ministry has entrusted the Directorate of Education with the creation of a database containing general job descriptions and their requirements. The objective is to provide access for those who might have interest in the great amount of data that exists on legally certified professions. Stakeholders that might be interested to this database include vocational upper secondary schools, employers, career counsellors, students and parents.
Vocational schools would benefit from this type of easy access. In developing course tracks for their studies, they need to provide general descriptions of each field of work along with the requirements for the relevant field.
Iceland currently has twelve professional assemblies, made up of practitioners in the professions and associations of principals and teachers. Their duties are to ensure that general descriptions of jobs and their relevant skill requirements meet the demands of the labour market. This includes ensuring that this information undergoes regular update as changes occur in the nature of the relevant profession, due to technological or other advancements.
To ensure that course tracks within vocational schools fulfil the general descriptions of jobs and their skill requirements, courses are reviewed by the relevant professional assembly before they are made public. This practice ensures that the course track itself is up to the standards and demands of the labour market and students are eligible to enter that market post degree.
By establishing a centralised database on general descriptions on vocational jobs and their required skillsets, the process of introducing course tracks in vocational schools is shortened and simplified. It also secures open access to updated information for stakeholders and ensures that fully qualified individuals enter the labour market.