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The past, present, and future of vocational education and training (VET) in Belgium were examined. The examination focused on the following topics: Belgium's education system; VET for young people; continuing vocational training; financing of continuing VET; qualitative aspects of VET; training of trainers; and trends and prospects. The following were among the key findings: (1) although continuing training in Belgium is undoubtedly on the increase, participation by adults remains below the European mean and major inequalities exist from the standpoint of access; (2) training schemes organized and financed by employers chiefly benefit better qualified workers; (3) guidance and training are viewed as interrelated, with the aim being to encourage people to take a proactive attitude toward adapting their skills during their working lives so that they can progress or find new positions; (4) Belgium has 12,000 agencies working in the 8 main fields of training and offering 14,000 specific training schemes; (5) regulation of training is increasing; and (6) developing an evaluation culture for VET will require ensuring that available data are comparable and that all programs and measures implemented have clearly stated objectives. (Thirteen figures/tables are included. A list of acronyms and abbreviations and addresses of 13 useful organizations are appended.) (MN)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Programs, Career Counseling, Continuing Education, Corporate Education, Counseling Services, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Cooperation, Job Training, Nontraditional Occupations, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Public Service, School Business Relationship, State Federal Aid, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Trend Analysis, Universities, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Youth Programs

CEDEFOP, P.O. Box 22427, Thessaloniki, GR-55102 Greece (#5117 EN). Tel: 30 31 49 01 11, Fax: 30 31 49 01 02; e-mail: info[at]cedefop.eu.int; Web site: http://www.trainingvillage.gr/. For full text: http://www2.trainingvillage.gr/download/vetsystem/BE 0601 en .pdf. Also available in French: http://www2.trainingvillage.gr/etv/vetsystems/report/BE 2706 01 fr.pdf and Dutch: http://www2.trainingvillage.gr/download/vetsystem/BE 0601 nl .pdf.

Autor: Cotton, Paul

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8656&id=ED458450

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