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Vocational training to be made more labour-market relevant

Monday 02 April 2012

The education ministry is to reduce the number of places at vocational training colleges (mbo) for ‘popular courses where there is little work’, education minister Marja van Bijsterveld said in a briefing to MPs on Monday.

In particular, the plethora of courses focusing on the creative sector, such as ‘artist’, will be reduced to make sure graduates have a real chance of finding a job, the minister said.

At the same time, small specialist courses are to be protected and greater effort made to ensure mbo courses meet the needs of the jobs market, Van Bijsterveld said. ‘This is how we will make sure … industry can count on there being sufficient, properly educated workers.’

In particular, there is a looming shortage of trained workers for the healthcare and technology sectors, the minister said.

The minister wants colleges and employers to work together on a regional basis to ensure local employment needs are met. Some 525,000 youngsters are currently attending an mbo college, but numbers have fallen sharply in some regions.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I guess the sooner we encourage our youngsters to give up on their dreams, the better. Who wants to be an artist anyway?

That is sarcasm - I think this is a terrible idea. Purpose in life is VERY important and everyone is different, thus everyone should be given equal opportunity to pursue their dreams. But hey, maybe I'm just an idealistic dreamer in this increasingly hostile world.

By Stupid | 2 April 2012 8:41 AM

Who cares what you're good at?
Who cares what you love?
Fit into OUR needs or be a loser for life.

A lovely life for those who adore numbers and technology and science. The rest can suffer, despite their intelligence and creative minds.

By CW | 2 April 2012 8:47 AM

So, instead of stimulating the economy in order for firms to create more jobs and hire more "creatives", the government is going to force students to take more "employable" courses? Here's an idea: What if the Netherlands was to become the creative capital of Europe? Wouldn't that solve the so-called "unemployable artist" problem?

By Bob | 2 April 2012 1:05 PM

And I have no doubt that the education ministry, given their record, knows what the future will bring....

By judith weingarten | 2 April 2012 6:10 PM

It's the role of government to provide training for the benefit of private business. No thinkers necessary anymore I guess.

By Kevin | 2 April 2012 6:57 PM

Get a grip on reality.
If people do not get the education they need to get a job they will be unemployed and on the benefits for life.
Do you really want to pay people who could not get a job because their dreams were to be a singer/painter/artist?
You can combine what you love to do and what gives you a salary to live. But not everybody can have the job they want/love.
Not everybody can be an astronaut. Thinking like this is the proof we live in a spoiled society which needs immigrants to clean the streeets!
Don't you think immigrants had dreams too? higher than cleaning our toilets and streets?

By joanna | 3 April 2012 9:00 AM

"A lovely life for those who adore numbers and technology and science." I wish that were true, CW. I love science and have a MSc in both physics and atmospheric science, but I haven't been able to find a job here in over a year. So, I'm taking my unwelcome self and going back home in July.

By Stupid | 3 April 2012 9:34 AM

Mark Rutte's Mantra:

How can we more like the US? How can we be more like the US? How can we be more like the US?

I'd prefer he and his cabinet move there and start a party rather than forcing their American Way onto the Netherlands.

Healthcare? Ruined by emulating the US.
Public transport? Ruined by emulating the US?
Dental Care? Ruined by emulating the US.
Now the attention swings to the educational system...

Why not just fly the Stars and stripes over parliament's chambers and officially become the 51rst state?

By Patrick | 3 April 2012 10:23 AM

Who is preventing anyone from pursuing more than one area of interest? Is there some reason why a person can not be exposed to physics and mechanics, and singing too? To suggest that an industrial designer is not an artist too, is moronic. Wake Up ! This applies to America as well as any other country who encourages a strong consumer mentality.....and relies upon other countries for technical expertise and manufacturing of their goods.

By DUH ! | 4 April 2012 12:31 AM

It is not the role of the government to FUND on the job training for PRIVATE business. Should people be educated and taught how to THINK? YES. Should we subsidize on-the-job training for big business? NO.

By Kevin | 4 April 2012 8:56 AM

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