Flanders to expand list of jobs that could be practised without vocational diploma

Belgium: The authorities of Flanders are looking forward to expanding the list of jobs that can be practised without a vocational diploma, as per the sources.

Soon in Flanders, people will find more easy ways to become a chef or technician.

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The list of the professions for which an Elsewhere Acquired Competencies (EVC) trajectory can be created includes 11 additional jobs for which job seekers have developed the required and essential skills but do not have the diploma to prove it.

The trajectory aims to make it easier for individuals to find a job and for bottleneck vacancies to be filled more quickly.

Flemish Employment Minister Jo Brouns, who expanded the list together with Education Minister Ben Weyts, mentioned in the statement, “Many people have competencies that are not always visible on a CV. Especially in these times of labour shortages, it is important to recognise and acknowledge every talent.”

“This way, you guide people to the labour market more quickly and make skills visible that people have acquired in their jobs or voluntary work, through hobbies or self-study. With this new list, we are laying this building block for some occupations in sectors where there is a great shortage today.”

In 2019, the EVC policy was adopted to give the individuals the opportunity to have competencies that they had acquired through previous professional experiences, hobbies, voluntary work, or other means officials recognised.

Furthermore, “This system lowers the threshold to adult education because it allows people to be exempt from course units if they have already mastered certain knowledge and skills. In this way, more people will start a course and stay in it longer. So everybody wins,” Weyts stated.

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