With the vote of the VET law of 19th December 2008, the VET system of Luxembourg has been fundamentally reformed. As in most large-scale reforms, the implementation of the new VET system has revealed some inconsistencies and weaknesses. If the major principles and concepts of the 2008 VET reform are not questioned, some aspects needed to be adapted at the organizational level, especially in technical secondary schools offering VET. A revision of the VET law has therefore been voted by the Parliament in July 2016 and some regulations were adapted accordingly. The revised law and regulations will be applicable beginning of school year 2016/2017 and the major points of the revision concern:
- the introduction of a final integrated project for CCP (vocational capacity certificate) programmes in order to raise the quality and recognition of those programmes on the labour market;
- the abolition of the intermediate integrated project for VET programmes in full time or mixed time tracks where it represented an organisational burden for technical secondary schools;
- the reintroduction of an annual decision regarding the progression of learners to the next education year in a VET programme based on a fixed the percentage of modules the learner has to successfully pass. This measure is aimed at reducing the number of repetition modules learners do have to pass and hence to facilitate the organisation of the modular based VET system in technical secondary schools;
- the possibility for learners to repeat failed modules in an additional year that can be added after each education year of the VET programme;
- the enhancement of the competences of the class council regarding the reorientation of VET learners that lack suitable skills for a specific VET programme to another programme or to a different qualification level.
An external qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the reform has been conducted by the University of Luxembourg in 2015 in order to provide the stakeholders with in-depth information allowing to further adapt the VET system. The external evaluation will be repeated in regular intervals.
In collaboration with the professional chambers, the Government will put special focus on the implementation of the quality assurance of work based learning. This implies defining a process that will ensure the best quality without discouraging companies and especially SME’s from offering apprenticeship and internship positions.