General Introduction to VET

The Danish VET Programmes

Vocational Education and Training in Denmark comprises of the following types of education: The Vocational Education and Training Programmes (VET), the Basic Social and Health Education Programmes (SOSU), and other programmes, within the fields of agriculture, forestry, home economics and maritime studies etc.

The VET programmes make up the major part of the vocational upper secondary programmes, and these are primarily offered at vocational colleges, such as Niels Brock. Generally, the main requirement for admission to these programmes is that the student has completed compulsory education. Niels Brock offers comprehensive programmes for 16-25 year-olds, as well as a more comprised adult programme for students over 25 years of age with occupational experience.

Combining School and Work

One of the main characteristics of the VET programmes is that they combine academic studies at school with practical training in a company. The programmes thus consist first of a basic programme then a main programme.

The VET programmes can contain anywhere between two to five years of study, but the Niels Brock model based on a two-year basic programme followed by a two-year main programme is generally considered the most common. Here the students spend two years studying at school during the basic course followed by a two-year main course where their primary obligation is completing a trainee programme at a company relevant to their field of study.

You can read much more about the Danish VET System at the Danish Ministry of Education's website:

The Danish Ministry of Education - Vocational Education and Training (VET)