The parties behind the VET reform have decided to implement adjustments to the VET for Adults (EUV) programme so that it will be easier for students, businesses and schools to implement and organise the programme. The changes are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2018.
The VET for Adults (EUV) programme was introduced with the August 2015 VET reform. The programme was intended to be a more accessible, attractive and focused track for adults over the age of 25 to become skilled workers.
However, the implementation of the programme has not yielded the desired positive outcomes for students, businesses and vocational colleges.
The parties behind the agreement have listened to the signals from the VET sector and are now introducing changes to VET for Adults.
- Merete Riisager
Therefore, the parties behind the VET reform (V, K, LA, DF, S, R and SF) have decided to implement a number of changes, the most important of these being:
- The mandatory individual shortening of school education will be lifted. This means that the student has the right to credit transfers but is not required to have them.
- The maximum period of two years’ practical training will be lifted. This means that students enrolled in a practical training programme that stretches beyond two years will not have to shorten the length of their programme.
- Students who are only missing a certificate course (e.g. first aid, occupational health and safety) in order to meet school-to-work transition requirements will be given the opportunity to participate in the programme and complete the certificate course in the vocational basic course while at the same time being enrolled in the main course.
- Time spent on real competence assessments will no longer be deducted from hours of instruction. The maximum length of time spent on real competence assessments will also be reduced from 10 days to 5 days.
“If things aren’t working, then you have to make adjustments. The parties behind the agreement have listened to the signals from the VET sector and are now introducing changes to VET for Adults, which we hope will result in remedying some of the core challenges that students, businesses and vocational colleges have experienced in connection with VET for Adults. We must have robust VET programmes of a high standard. We are now increasing our efforts to achieve that goal by making the students more attractive candidates for businesses and by making it easier for the vocational colleges to implement the programmes,” said Danish Minister of Education, Merete Riisager.
The implementation of these changes will require amendments to the Danish Vocational Education and Training Act (lov om erhvervsuddannelser), the Danish Employers’ Reimbursement System Act (lov om arbejdsgivernes uddannelsesbidrag) and the Danish Executive Order on Vocational Training and Education (bekendtgørelse om erhvervsuddannelser). The legislative and executive order amendments are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2018.
Source: Danish Ministry of Education, www.uvm.dk