Young Danish athletes in swimming or handball choose mainstream secondary education rather than vocational training. The reason is probably to be found in the fact that secondary education has a more extensive system of special programmes for approved Team Denmark students (elite athletes) than vocational training. They give Team Denmark students more flexibility and time to practice sport.
In 2016 Denmark organised two conferences with participants from the Nordic countries. These events focused on common Nordic challenges in vocational education and training (VET) and sought deeper understanding of the similarities, differences and current issues concerning both researchers and VET teachers.
Within a tripartite negotiation process, the social partners have agreed on a new vocational programme for refugees in Denmark. It provides the opportunity for refugees to enter a job-training programme for up to 24 months, plus a financial incentive to companies which employ and train refugees. The programme will be operational by July 2016.
By 2025, 30% of a youth cohort should take up VET directly after compulsory schooling.
In 2012, the Danish government decided that Danish university colleges be granted access to conducting research and funded the sector with DKK 1 billion (EUR 133 million). In addition, university colleges were given the opportunity to employ high-profile researchers, introducing a new post for senior associated lecturer.
Reform of the Danish vocational education and training (VET) system establishes VET teachers’ minimum qualification requirements and VET students’ minimum entrance requirements, thus increasing quality in VET.
In June 2014, the Danish parliament passed a vocational education and training (VET) system reform. The reform aims to offer young people high-quality VET programmes and good opportunities for further education and training. Admission requirements and tracks for gifted students will be introduced. In addition, continuing training of teachers is a priority to improve quality of teaching.
As part of the budget for 2013, parties across the political spectrum have agreed significant funding to improve VET provision.
Two separate reports reflect on participation in tertiary level education among students with a VET background. Guidance is considered a key factor in improving participation rates.