Chaos reigns at the Prins Alexander location of joint vocational education institution Zadkine-Albeda in Rotterdam. According to a whistleblower, there is drug dealing everywhere and having sex in the bathroom is a regular activity. Leefbaar Rotterdam city councilor Jari Esbeukman submitted written questions about this to the city council, the Telegraaf reports.
Over the past two years, three quarters of primary school teachers in the Netherlands faced intimidation from parents who wanted a higher school advice for their kids, according to a survey among 2 thousand teachers by union CNV Education and EenVandaag. Advice that a child should continue in vocational education is particularly badly received by parents, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of new unemployment benefits to young people up to the age of 27 years decreased by almost a quarter in 2017, benefits agency UWV announced. Last year a total of 61,500 young people received new unemployment benefits, compared to 80 thousand the year before, NU.nl reports.
Parents must stop pushing kids to get into university, Minster Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education said to newspaper AD. According to him, this puts unnecessary stress on children and casts vocational education in a negative light, while the demand for people with practical skills is only increasing.
Over 60 percent of young people who received their vocational MBO diploma last year, are happy with the course they followed and the school they attended, according to Statistics Netherlands. The rest would make different choices if they could do it again.
The number of job vacancies for young people is increasing rapidly in the Netherlands, especially for young people with vocational qualifications. Between September 2016 and February 2017 there were a total of 214 thousand vacancies at vocational level, according to a study by benefits agency UWV and the organization for cooperation between vocational education and the business world SBB, NU.nl reports.
The last quarter of 2016 had 26 percent more vocational vacancies than the same quarter in 2015.
Education Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker plan to make it easier and quicker for kids to move from preparatory vocational school (VMBO) to vocational school (MBO) with a new law that contains a number of measures.These include allowing kids in VMBO to already take MBO classes and scrapping the intermediate exam before advancing, ANP reports.
The Education officials announced their new law for a so-called continuous learning routes in a letter to parliament on Monday.
The Dutch government is investing 30 million euros into preventing dropouts and wrong study choices in universities, colleges and vocational schools. The money is intended for high schools to better guide their student in their choice of study and the jobs they hope to have when they're done.
The number of Dutch secondary vocational students, called MBO'ers in the Netherlands, going abroad to study or follow an internship is increasing. On a total of about 160 thousand students, 5.8 percent gain experience abroad, according to figures from EP Nuffic
Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education announced that 43.5 million euros was available for 17 initiatives aimed to better connect vocational education to the labor market. The money is intended to make it possible for vocational students to already work and gain experience during their studies, so that they are ready to join the labor market as soon as they pass their exams.
Education Minister Jet Bussemaker wants to split large secondary vocational schools into smaller "vocational colleges", to change them from diploma mills into more personal education where the "human dimension" is the norm. For that reason she wants to implement a regulation in which all vocational schools with more than 5 thousand students have to split into smaller parts from next year.
Students in Intermediate Vocational Education (Mbo) want more guidance while looking for internships for continued education. The Youth Organization Vocational Education (JOB) has monitored students looking for training positions, and found that they have a hard time doing so.
The Ministry of Education has renewed plans for vocational training, in which courses are pressed to direct the studies towards the needs of the region where they are based, so that students can be better prepared to fulfill the needs of the regional labour market.
Hundreds of teachers and staff in intermediate vocational education institutions are going on strike Thursday.