Guidance and counselling
Guidance for young people must be strengthened and professionalised. It is the Government's aim that guidance at all levels in the education system is to provide young people with an informed basis for choosing an education programme that corresponds to their own desires and abilities and to society's need for qualified labour. The guidance is also to contribute to strengthened bridging between the levels.
Guidance and counselling about opportunities in adult education and continuing training for employees and enterprises must also be improved. It is the Government's aim that the guidance effort is to contribute to strengthening and qualifying the demand by both employees and enterprises. For the groups that have the greatest barriers to participation, the outreach guidance and counselling effort is to be increased by means of a number of new initiatives in the area of adult guidance and counselling.
Recognition of prior learning
It is the Government's aim to create better opportunities for individuals to have their knowledge, skills and competences assessed and recognised within the adult education and continuing training system regardless of where they were acquired. This is to promote the participation by adults in adult education and continuing training and to improve their opportunities in the labour market. It is to be promoted especially through the implementation of legislation on increased recognition of prior learning in adult education and continuing training, from general adult education to diploma level, which will enter into force in 2007/2008.
Cohesion and transparency in the education system
The Government aims at better transition between all levels in the education system and opportunities to transfer credit, and for the education system to be transparent and accessible to all. This is to be implemented through, in particular, better bridging between the primary and lower secondary school and youth education programmes, better opportunities for credit transfer in the education system, increased recognition of prior learning in adult and continuing training, and the development of a national qualifications framework for lifelong learning. A coherent qualifications framework will also help improve comparison and recognition of qualifications between Denmark and other European countries.
Global perspective in the education programmes
All young people should complete an education programme with global perspectives and many more of them should spend some time studying abroad. It is the aim of the Government that education should provide young Danes with strong academic competences and a global outlook.
Stronger professional institutions
It is the Government's goal to create fewer and stronger institutions with broad academic breadth and high quality. This should help develop and futureproof education and training, and help strengthen knowledge development and innovation through interaction with research and enterprises etc.
Partnerships in education and training and lifelong skills upgrading
The Government and members of the Globalisation Council have entered into a framework agreement on binding partnerships that can help convert the strategy into concrete action. Partnerships in the area of education and competence development can help strengthen the quality of and demand for education and adult education and continuing training and can help strengthen regional efforts to promote growth and business development.