Currently almost 1,100 pupils divide their time between the classroom and work experience as part of the dual learning scheme. The increase in those opting for dual learning is thanks to an increase in the number of study options that provide the opportunity for pupils to enter the dual learning scheme if they wish.
Dual learning is currently in the pilot project stage. It was launched at the start of the 2016-2017 school year by the Flemish Education Minister Hilde Crevits (Christian democrat) and the Flemish Employment Minister Philippe Muyters (N-VA). Pupils that are 15 and older can opt to spend 60% of their school time learning on the job.
The aim of dual learning is to prepare youngsters for the world of work. When the scheme was launched in at the start of the 2016-2017 school year 133 pupils, following courses in 6 disciplines, opted for dual learning. Last year dual learning was extended to 19 study disciplines and the number of pupils on dual learning courses rose to 433.
At the start of this school year 1,094 pupils following courses in 42 different disciplines had signed up for dual learning.
The most popular dual learning courses are hair care (113 pupils), followed by electrical installations (105 pupils), care professional (93 pupils), child care (72 pupils) and car maintenance mechanic (61 pupils).