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ERIC Number: ED298307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Training in Denmark.
Denmark has a wide range of basic vocational training courses that can be begun immediately after completion of lower secondary school, i.e., after students complete their compulsory education at the age of 15 or 16). This is not to say that there is no vocational education at the primary and secondary levels, where guest teachers from working life lecture students and where training and vocational guidance are provided beginning in the seventh grade. The upper secondary vocational training combines a basis year of training and apprenticeship. Besides basic vocational training, the Danish system offers updating and refresher training and further training (the latter being intended to extend vocational qualifications). Vocational education has been addressed by Danish law since the 1857 Freedom of Trade Act and the Apprenticeship Act of 1889. More recent vocational education-related legislation has clarified rights to joint ownership of firms' capital or profits and the provision of employment and training to unemployed persons. Besides the Ministry of Labour, unions and four levels of advisory bodies are also involved in administering vocational education. As in other countries, Denmark is currently in the process of reassessing the goals of its vocational education system in light of the country's current economic problems and the trend toward a global economy. (MN)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Demography, Economic Climate, Economic Factors, Educational History, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Content, Program Development, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (West Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Denmark