Linking the dual system with higher education in Denmark: - when strength becomes weakness

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    Abstract

    As more than half of every new generation of youth enter higher education in Den-mark the strength of the dual system of vocational education is becoming its weakness. Completing a programme in the dual system doesn’t give access to higher ed-ucation, and the system is increasingly seen as a ‘blind alley’. This weakness is closely related to the strengths of the dual system. The dual system is successful in giving direct and fast access to employment for the students, and this contributes to a very low rate of youth unemployment in Denmark. Students who complete a programme in the dual system, become well integrated into the labour market, but at the same time they are diverted from higher education. This has lately put the question of hybrid qualifications on the agenda in Denmark.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHybrid Qualifications: Structures and Problems in the Context of European vet policy
    EditorsThomas Deissinger, Josef Aff, Alison Fuller, Christian Helms Jørgensen
    Volume10
    Place of PublicationBern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien,
    PublisherPeter Lang
    Publication date2 Sep 2013
    Pages53 - 78
    ISBN (Print)978-3-0343-1059-8 pb.
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2013
    SeriesStudies in Vocational and Continuing Education
    Volume10
    ISSN1660-3443

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