In apprenticeship based training, students also attend vocational schools on a part time basis. The duration of school-based versus in-company training vary from country to country. The school based training is aimed to reinforce what is learned through company based-training and to ensure that the student acquire knowledge, competences and skills, which are relevant to the occupation and occupational mobility. The aim is also to ensure that the school part of the programme develop students’ general competences and lay the foundation for lifelong learning.
Twenty percent of the apprenticeship training takes place at a part-time vocational school. These schools deliver occupation-oriented specialist instruction (65%) as well as general education (35%). The organisation forms vary according to the needs of the relevant economic sector (e.g. year round, by block, seasonally).
The school-based part of a VET program in Denmark is divided into the basic program and the main program. The different subjects in the school-based part are organized into basic subjects, area subjects and specialization subjects. If students do not have a signed apprenticeship contract, then they can undergo the practical training in a Centre of Placement.
Training in VET schools is based upon the relevant training regulations which contain a framework curriculum divided into a basic vocational training linked to occupational area and a specialised training part. The framework curriculum does not mandate any methods for instruction. The Federal States may use the framework curriculum as agreed or amend it for implementation in VET schools. School takes place either every week on one or two days or in blocks of several weeks. For training occupations with fewer apprentices the classes can be created on regional, federal state or national level.
School based training is organised according to the nationally fixed curricula and assessment frameworks. VET-teacher candidates do have to comply with specific qualification requirements and do have to follow a three-year induction phase. The Training Institute of National Education (Institut de formation de l’éducation nationale, IFEN) created in 2015 is responsible for the organisation of the induction phase as well as for the continuous professional development of VET teachers.
With the dual-track approach to learning, learners attend courses at vocational schools on a part-time basis in parallel to host company training. The remaining time is spent with practical learning at a host company. Tertiary-level professional education (PE) also combines classroom instruction with work-based training, thereby ensuring a smooth transition from dual-track VET programmes.