The MBO Council seriously calls into question the cooperation with employers of technology and construction
Ton Heerts, chairman of the MBO Council, says that his organization must provide training requirements and internships together with the business community. “When it is said that there is too little cooperation, I wonder whether we can continue,” he says.
Heerts calls recent statements by employers in the media a low point. He points to statements such as that “MBO students are being trained for unemployment” and that “stricter action must be taken in MBO”, made by, among others, Ineke Dezentjé Hamming, chairman of the FME business association.
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The Council believes that there is good cooperation in many areas. “In the Technology Pact, the Building Agenda and in healthcare, schools and the business community work together excellently regionally,” says Heerts.
“The Centers for Innovative Craftsmanship, in which cooperation in technology is central, have also been greatly praised in the recent period.”
According to Heerts, MBO contributes to the reduction of youth unemployment. “The quality of MBO and the connection of the courses to the labor market are internationally recognized.”
The criticism is therefore “completely misplaced and a dent in confidence”, says Heerts. “In addition, in this way an image of vocational education is created that is far removed from reality.”
The MBO Council intends to invite employers in technology and construction, as well as VNO NCW and MKB Nederland for a meeting.