After ninth grade students apply to up to five different schools. The students get the results of their applications during June via a letter from the school, in which the results are presented along with instructions regarding accepting their spot. For students who were left without a spot there are opportunities to apply for a spot during the summer and fall.

At the start of their studies an individual plan is made for each student, the plan (HOKS) is made together with the teacher and includes what skills the student already posesses and what skills still need to be learned as well as what kind of guidance and support the student potentially requires.

When a student studies at a vocational school after ninth grade, the student completes the entire degree. Later on, perhaps after being in the working life, the same student can further expand their knowledge and skills by completing various parts of different degrees. Students also have the opportunity to attend highschool while completing their vocational degree.

Students gather knowledge and skills through a plethora of varied avenues, ranging from lectures at the school, virtual simulations, through the internet or at different workplaces. The teachers and other personnel at the school support the students as they learn in the way that fits them the best; independently, in small groups, as part of larger class or at their job.

Studying for a basic vocational degree is free, there are no tuitions. Every student also gets a daily warm meal. During their studies students can receive various benefits, such as student grants, housing supplements and a government guaranteed student loan. The amounts of the benefits depend on each students housing situation as well as the students other income.

Demonstrations are an integral part of vocational school, with these demonstrations a students skills are evaluated in genuine working conditions and environments. Often these demonstrations are made at the students workplace, where the student is performing their apprenticeship or working as part of a training agreement. The demonstrations are evaluated by both teachers and a representative from the workplace


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