ERIC Number: ED458448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education and Training in Belgium. Second Edition.
Saint-Hubert, Roselyne Simon; van Griethuysen, Claire-Anne; Hellemans, Jacques; Verhelpen, Pierre; De Streel, Jean-Marc
Belgium's vocational education and training (VET) was examined. The following topics were considered: (1) the VET environment (political and administrative structures; the economy; the labor force; unemployment); (2) Belgium's educational system (funding principles; the structure and objectives of basic, secondary, and higher education); (3) the history of VET in Belgium, initial vocational training (IVT), and continuing vocational training (CVT); (4) the legal and legislative framework and financing; (5) qualitative aspects (certification and qualification; training of trainers; and vocational guidance); and (6) trends and perspectives. The analysis established that Belgium's public authorities have generally played a leading role in VET, especially in IVT. Like other European countries, Belgium is facing the problem of adapting education to current realities. Attempts are therefore being made to provide students with education that is general enough to keep abreast of current technologies but specific enough for them to be integrated into enterprises. It was concluded that all VET stakeholders, including enterprises, must place all kinds of IVT and CVT on a practical footing and devote more attention to formulation and application of uniform quality criteria. (Sixty-eight tables/figures are included. The following items are appended: list of acronyms and abbreviations; addresses of 14 main organizations; a 77-item bibliography; and a glossary.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Career Guidance, Certification, Colleges, Continuing Education, Counseling Services, Delivery Systems, Educational Administration, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Legislation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Employment Qualifications, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Labor Force, Population Trends, Postsecondary Education, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Social Isolation, Stakeholders, Student Characteristics, Teacher Education, Training, Trend Analysis, Universities, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Vocational Schools, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: Belgium