Low literacy rates are increasing in the Netherlands, despite policies by the Dutch Government to tackle the problem. Around two and a half million Dutch people currently have literacy and numeracy difficulties, according to the Court of Audit’s 2016 report Aanpak van laaggeletterdheid (Approach to illiteracy).
The September 2016 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download. In this issue, we look at the New skills agenda for Europe and how it can boost employability, competitiveness and growth.
Options to study for a specific career through vocational education and training (VET) are available in the Netherlands after age 12. By the third year of secondary education, 53% of students are in prevocational programmes.
The Netherlands holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016 and has presented, together with the Slovak and Maltese Presidencies that will follow, the Council's work programme for the period to June 2017.
Good vocational education and training (VET) is the basis of a learning economy and plays a crucial role in strengthening society’s innovative capacity, according to the Netherlands scientific council for government policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, WRR).
The action Focus on workmanship (Focus op Vakmanschap) 2011-15 is paving the way towards attractive and more challenging vocational education and training (VET) and ensuring that VET education will continue to play its important role in society and economy in the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, recent efforts to develop public-private partnerships (PPPs) in VET led to creation of centres of expertise in higher vocational education (HBO) and centres for innovative craftsmanship (Centra voor Innovatieve Vakmanschap) in senior secondary vocational education (MBO).