Dutch VET

Laatst gewijzigd: 08-11-2016

MBO (Middelbaar Beroeps Onderwijs) is the abbreviation for secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Netherlands. VET is the main supplier to the labour market and is often regarded as the ‘foundation of the economy’ and the ‘backbone of society’. Approximately 40% of the Dutch working population has completed a vocational course to at least a secondary vocational training level.

MBO colleges

The MBO sector consists of 65 VET colleges comprising multidisciplinary VET colleges (ROCs in Dutch), agricultural VET colleges (AOCs in Dutch) and specialised vocational colleges. All VET colleges have a strong regional orientation and function. The ROCs offer VET in technology, economics, personal/social services, health care and adult education. The agricultural VET colleges offer pre-vocational secondary education and VET in the agricultural sector and in food technology. Specialised vocational colleges offer programmes for one branch of industry only, such as graphic arts and design, butchery, house painting, furniture making, the fishing industry and shipping and transport.

Manfred Polzin

Manfred Polzin

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Veronique Feijen

Veronique Feijen

Beleidsadviseur
Marlies Mast

Marlies Mast

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