The Long Road to Collective Skill Formation in the Netherlands

Karen M. Anderson and Dennie Oude Nijhuis

in The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599431
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731518 | DOI:
The Long Road to Collective Skill Formation in the Netherlands

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The current vocational education and training (VET) system in the Netherlands originated in the training initiatives undertaken by private actors in the artisan and industrial sectors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its central features are corporatist administration, significant state involvement, and the dominance of school-based training. Since World War II, the state has played a more active role in VET, and the general education component of VET has increased. The 1980s saw a return to a clearer focus on the needs of the labor market. By the early 1980s, VET was seen as the mutual responsibility of the state, the social partners, and educational institutions. A major reform in 1994 reorganized and streamlined the system of vocational schools and vocational training, increasing cooperation between industry and the VET system.

Keywords: Apprenticeship; Corporatism ,Guilds; History; Industrialization; Institutional layering; Netherlands; Vocational education and training; Vocational school

Chapter.  10049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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