Education Minister Jan Björklund

Government proposes new vocational training

Education Minister Jan Björklund is calling for an end to the current industrial technical vocational training program in schools.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Björklund, who is also leader of the Liberal Party, joined leaders from industry and the trade unions in proposing a new program with more emphasis on technology.

A study on creating the new program is being launched, and is scheduled to present its recommendations before the end of the year. Björklund says he thinks the new system can be in place by 2015.

Ibrahim Baylan, educational spokesperson for the opposition Social Democrats, says the government proposal doesn’t go far enough. He says all vocational training programs should lead to eligibility for university studies.

The current vocational training program is among the least popular in the Swedish school system, with only 2,200 applicants last year.

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