How does VET (mbo) work in the Netherlands?
Students can choose between several courses within VET on four different levels. They also have a choice between two main routes: one which is school-based (BOL) and one which is company-based (BBL).
Educational routes BOL and BBL
The school-based route (BOL) means that a student is expected to attend school for most days of the week and periodically some days/weeks of practical training at an approved apprenticeship company.
The company-based route (BBL) means practice is the starting point. Students will attend school one day a week and work at least 24 hours per week at an approved apprenticeship company.
- Level 1: assistant training (1 year) Accessible with a degree of basic pre-vocational education
- Level 2: basic vocational training (2-3 years) Accessible with a degree of basic pre-vocational education
- Level 3: subject-oriented vocational training (2-4 years) Accessible with a degree of pre-vocational management education
- Level 4: middle management training (BOL; 3-4 years) specialist training (BBL, 2 years after vocational training) Accessible with a degree of pre-vocational management education, theoretical program.
A student who has obtained training at level 4 can move on to higher vocational education (HVE - hbo).
Adult education is provided by one of our VET-schools in Breda and Roosendaal.