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We are Kenteq, Centre of Expertise on Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market. We collect, develop and enrich knowledge and make it available to our clients in the technical sector. Our knowledge translates into services and products that employers and employees in metal, electrical and mechanical technology can turn to their advantage.
Well-trained staff are the most important engine within businesses. And important fuel for those staff is a job with prospects. Kenteq supports companies in developing careers in which employees can continue to develop. We are market leader in this field within the technical sector. Thanks to our pivotal position between government, education, companies and employees/students, we are capable of building bridges between all parties involved. This enables us to highlight and help alleviate pressure points on the job market, among other things.
Innovation is of paramount importance at Kenteq. We contribute in terms of theory and practice when it comes to new developments in the fields of technology, education, the job market and society. By means of intelligent solutions and personal services, we offer customized work to our clients. And if they have questions or wishes, we are a one-stop shop. Thanks to three Kenteq district offices spread throughout the Netherlands, there is always a point of contact for our Dutch contacts in the area.
As a centre of expertise, Kenteq has a number of tasks with respect to (vocational) education and the job market that have been laid down in law. We perform these statutory tasks by order of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Kenteq is one of the 16 centres of expertise in the Netherlands all responsible for one or more sectors or industries.
The qualification structure is a cohesive aggregate of qualifications based on core tasks and competencies which serve to underpin the lesson programmes in senior secondary vocational education (MBO). Kenteq develops and maintains the competency-based qualification structure for vocational education in technology. The link between education and work experience is key in this regard. In modern vocational courses, students acquire all the knowledge and skills as well as the correct professional behaviour appropriate to a starting professional. This enables them to set straight to work upon completion of their course.
Accrediting companies providing work placement opportunities
One of the statutory tasks is the accreditation of companies providing work placement opportunities. The desire to train is already an important step for companies towards accreditation. But naturally the company must also have opportunities that fit in with the respective vocational courses. Only accredited work placement companies may offer work placement training. This enables us to safeguard the quality of the training. Companies satisfying the various conditions are included in the Register of Accredited Work Placement Companies. This register is accessible to the public at www.kenteq.nl.
Work placement training
Practical learning is something we refer to as work placement training. It is a mandatory part of any vocational course and entails students and trainees experience the workplace first-hand. Kenteq’s training advisors play an important role in promoting the quality of work placement training. They support the practical trainers of the companies in the performance of this training. Furthermore, they help companies in properly attuning the wishes of students to the ambitions of the company.
Promotion of quality of work placement training
If a company is included in the Register of Accredited Work Placement Companies then it has demonstrated that it is capable of providing professional vocational training. Nevertheless, sometimes there are points on which they could do even better. For that reason, Kenteq goes all out to enhance the quality of work placement training.
Job market information
In part thanks to its own research, Kenteq is permanently up-to-date on developments on the job market. Each year we publish a job market report for vocational education. In this report we describe things such as the prospects students have on the job market and the availability of work placements. Furthermore, we utilize the knowledge we gather and develop to highlight pressure points on the job market and – where possible – to alleviate these.
The success of each industry sector will stand or fall on the success of the people working in it. For that reason, Kenteq dedicates itself to ensuring proper career development for technology professionals. Taking into account the shortage on the technical job market, it is important that professionals in technical companies are able to be deployed widely and permanently. To this end they must keep developing themselves constantly. Kenteq supports companies and their staff in this regard with tools like Accreditation of Prior Learning (EVC), the company training plan and the personal development plan.
In order to interest young people in particular in an education and career in the technical sector, Kenteq also provides information on careers in metal, electrical and mechanical technology. At www.techniekinbeeld.nl we have compiled a wealth of information on a large number of careers in the industries for whom we work.
Matching students with work placements
Year in year out a huge number of students and their schools are on the hunt for suitable work placements. As managers of the Registers of Accredited Work Placement Companies, the various centres of expertise have a good idea as to which companies in which industries are looking for work placement students. Consequently they have developed the website www.stagemarkt.nl together. Here, work placement students can – on the basis of clear criteria – seek out the right match. Kenteq also collaborates on stagemarkt.nl, and so this makes the work placement opportunities in technology easy to find through the site too.
The guidance of students during their in-company practical training demands from the practical trainers specific knowledge, skills and, of course, time as well. If a company does not have enough options to offer the work placement student the guidance he deserves, then MentorPlus offers a solution. A Kenteq training advisor will then take over one or more tasks of the practical trainer, e.g. holding coaching sessions or maintaining contact with the school.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (EVC)
Accreditation of Prior Learning is an ideal tool to chart what qualities people have. After all, a lot of the skills and knowledge we accumulate in life is not confirmed by a certificate or qualification. Often professionals have a lot more qualities than are seen and utilized in practice. By means of an Accreditation of Prior Learning process, we accurately chart the competencies an employee has as well as anything he may yet have to learn in order to be eligible for a certificate or qualification. Accreditation of Prior Learning provides an insight into the level of employees and offers them more career prospects.
Kenteq is a service provider. The products and services serve to support the maintenance and development of technical expertise. In the fields of big industry, the SME and education, Kenteq offers courses, learning materials and coaching, enabling (prospective) employees to develop themselves. With the growth in importance of internet, an increasing number of activities are being performed online. This could be in the form of a student monitoring system, a site where you can put together your digital learning material yourself or have the option of creating an e-portfolio.
In order to be able to highlight new developments in the fields of technology, education, the job market and society in a timely manner and to then convert and improve them, innovation centre Hiteq was set up. Hiteq focusses on technical occupations and courses and develops concepts, models, visions and future scenarios. The images of the future can be used by innovators in the business world and in educational institutions for their future policy. See www.hiteq.org