Two million euros for technical VMBO in secondary special education

Two million euros for technical VMBO in secondary special education

Secondary special education (VSO) receives money for technical VMBO. This cabinet is allocating an extra 100 million euros annually for technical VMBO. Two million euros of this will go to VSO this year. The amount per student is equal to the amount for regular pre-vocational secondary education students. Minister Slob announced this today.
Minister Slob: “Some young people in VSO have gifts and talents for technology that we do not want to leave unused. With the extra money we give these students the opportunity to optimally develop their technical skills. ”

2650 euros per student
VSO is a separate type of school and therefore does not automatically receive money intended for regular secondary education. Because this money is intended to stimulate technical education in VMBO, two million euros will go to technical VMBO in VSO for 2018 and 2019. This has been promised to the Lower House.

For the basic and senior vocational courses within VSO, this amounts to EUR 1,325 per technology student in 2018 and EUR 2,650 per technology student in 2019, the mixed learning pathway receives half. These amounts are equal to the amounts that regular VMBO schools receive. VSO schools can apply for the money from 1 April.

Regional approach
From 2020, the 100 million euros will be used on the basis of regional plans drawn up by VMBO schools together with MBO institutions and the business community. The secondary special education schools that also offer technical VMBO are part of this.

Need for technical VMBO
The schools receive an extra financial injection because good technology education is badly needed. The demand from the business community for well-trained technical personnel is increasing. At the same time, schools are confronted with falling student numbers and a decrease in the proportion of students opting for VMBO technology. This makes it difficult to continue to offer high-quality and comprehensive technology education in all regions. The quality of the courses is also under pressure due to an imminent teacher shortage.