Policies and development
The reform of vocational upper secondary education is one of the Government’s key projects. The reform updates the entire vocational education and training (VET) by 2018.
In the future, work life will require new kinds of competencies, while there are fewer financial resources available for education. VET has to respond more swiftly to changes in work life and operating environment and to adapt to individual competence needs.
VET for young people and adults will be consolidated, forming a single entity with its own steering and regulation system and financing model.
The current supply-oriented approach will be refocused into a demand-driven approach. Education will be competence-based and customer-oriented: Each student will be offered the possibility to design an individually appropriate path to finishing an entire qualification or a supplementary skill set. The primary importance is on what the student learns and is able to do.
Digital learning environments and new approaches to pedagogy (e.g. modern simulators) will have a larger role in the future of learning. Learning at the workplace will be increased.
The implementation plan for the key projects and reforms of the Government's strategic programme has been updated with the measures, funding and timetable for the reform of vocational upper secondary education.