Vocational education and training in Luxembourg

Luxembourg offers several opportunities
to study for a profession or work goal through
Vocational Education and Training, or VET. Why is VET important? Cedefop forecasts that by 2025 most jobs in Luxembourg will demand
business-related qualifications including ICT and finance. Most of these will require higher VET. More than one in five jobs will require
medium-level education and training but in 10 years the demand for machinery
and electrical trades will decrease. Job openings for this group
will mainly replace retiring employees. VET helps learners gain
the educational level required for this future labour market. Alongside
general education pathways vocational education and training
in Luxembourg can start as early
as age 12 with 3-year
pre-VET programmes offering general and practical
career knowledge and support. Completion opens up
several options. 3-year work-based programmes
of learning at school and in an enterprise. These lead to a vocational capacity
certificate for semi-skilled workers such as car mechanic assistants or a vocational aptitude diploma preparing learners
to become skilled workers such as
administrative and commercial agent. Practical training may be
in a Luxembourg-based company with school study
in a neighbouring country. 4-year technician programmes school-based with a job placement
of at least 12 weeks lead to a technician diploma for example,
in 3D design or agriculture. 4- or 5-year technical programmes lead to the technical
secondary school leaving diploma in administrative and commercial general, technical and artistic fields or in health and social care. Graduates from these programmes
can enter the labour market. Modular
master craftsperson studies are available for those
who have work experience and want to become entrepreneurs
and industry managers. Technical programme graduates can continue in higher education. Other secondary VET graduates require additional learning to do so. At higher education level 2-year higher technician
certificate VET programmes combine theoretical instruction
and training in a work environment such as accounting and tax manager or paediatric nurse. Some subjects offer 3-year professional or academic
bachelor studies possibly followed by master and professional master programmes. You can find more information
on VET systems of all European Union Member States
– plus Norway and Iceland – at www.cedefop.europa.eu

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