Mobility of apprentices in Europe

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



The VET training system in Sweden

Compulsory school in Sweden covers nine years; it typically starts in the autumn of the year a child turns seven and ends in the spring of the year a child reaches the age of 15. Prior to this, most children have the right to attend preschool between the ages of one and five.
Over 98 % of compulsory school leavers proceed to the three-year upper secondary school, which offers both vocationally-oriented (IVET) and academic programmes. The distinction between IVET and general upper education in Sweden is difficult to make, since the Swedish education system is characterised by the attempt to differentiate as little as possible between different directions, up to the level of upper secondary education – and even at the level – tries to make the education system as comprehensive as possible. For compulsory education this means that all pupils attend comprehensive school. 

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Basic information about mobility of apprentices in Sweden 


Who is concerned?


The primary funders of internationalization within  education - in school education, vocational education and training, adult education and youth exchanges - except the EU commission are the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Swedish government; Ministry of foreign affairs,  Ministry of Education (state). The programmes are implemented by the International Programme Office for Education and Training (Internationella Programkontoret), a government agency that promotes and support different forms of international cooperation within education.


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