Mobility of apprentices in Europe

The European network to promote, implement
and enhance learning mobility for apprentices



The VET training system in Netherlands 

Education is compulsory for pupils from 5 to 16. Until August 2008, those aged 16-17 on August 1 of any one year were required by law to attend education on at least one or two days a week.
Since then, a ‘qualification duty’ exists for this age group, if they have not yet attained a general or vocational qualification at upper secondary level.
This new arrangement was introduced because of the need to reduce the number of early school leavers.

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Basic information about mobility of apprentices in Netherlands 


Who is concerned?

Compared to all upper secondary VET students, the number of participants registered in upper secondary VET
via the Leonardo da Vinci programme and the very modest BAND programme (Dutch-German exchange) in
2008 was 0.54% (a total of some 2,700). In 2004, this was 0.33% (at least a two-week stay abroad).


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