Dual learning system tested in six study streams

Summary

The Flemish government has chosen six study streams to begin the dual learning system, in which students split their time between the classroom and the workfloor

Better preparation for the job market

The government of Flanders has announced six study streams that will next school year be organised on the basis of the dual learning system – in which students combine their studies with work. It concerns the electromechanic techniques, electric installations, chemical process techniques, basic construction, greenery development and management and nursing assistance streams.

Dual learning means that, as well as learning at school, students spend at least 60% of their programme on the workfloor of a company. The goal is to achieve a diploma or professional certificates, and to prepare students better for the job market.

The process of choosing the study streams was led by the education department, with Syntra Flanders, social partners, business sectors and education providers. There are still discussions about whether to add a seventh study stream, in haircare.

The trial projects are preparing the ground for the actual start of the dual learning system on 1 September 2017.

In a statement, education minister Hilde Crevits said the government was “answering a need in society to give youngsters the chance, apart from getting a broad education, to acquire experience in companies and institutions”.

Labour minister Philippe Muyters stressed the enthusiasm of the business world. “We will spread the experience we gain to other sectors and interested partners in the next phase,” he said. “The education sector, students and entrepreneurs will all benefit from the new system.”

Photo courtesy Syntra

Educational system

The Flemish educational system is divided into two levels: primary (age six to 12) and secondary school (12 to 18). Education is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 18.
Types - There are three educational networks in Flanders: the Flemish Community’s GO! network, and publicly funded education – either publicly or privately run.
Not enough space - In recent years, Flemish schools have been struggling with persistent teacher shortages and a growing lack of school spaces.
No tuition fees - Nursery, primary and secondary school are free in Flanders.
1

million school-going children in 2013

30

million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013

11

percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma