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Friday, 24 February 2012

Qualified training companies

For apprentices and full time students in secondary vocational education in the Netherlands it is mandatory to have a substantial amount of practical training ‘on the job’ during their training.  

So far nothing new, but in NL this on the job training may only be provided by companies that have received a previous accreditation from the National Centre of Expertise (eg. Aequor). This accreditation is a guarantee for the quality of a number of social and educational conditions within the company.  These accredited companies can be found in the public Register that is published on the internet by Aequor and the other sectoral Centers of Expertise.
Since VET is internationalizing and students are encouraged to have a foreign practical learning period we need foreign companies with a certain quality.

For that reason we are preparing partnerships with national authorities abroad that monitors the quality of practical learning and, like in the Netherlands,   is giving out certificates/accreditations. We encourage you to inform us about possible authorities in your country that might be suitable to set up a partnership with Aequor (and maybe other Centers of Expertise) to select adequate companies that could foresee in qualified practical training for Dutch students.


  1. For schools, we are working together in FlorCert: www.florcert.eu
    One of the members is Hans Zijlstra, florist in Groningen. Good initiative!

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