Vocational education training (VET) has a long history in the Faroe Islands, and has over time provided thousands with the vocational skills that they need.
It is possible to undertake an education in a vast amount of vocations, ranging from technical and hands on vocations such as electrician, carpenter and car mechanic to cooking chef, business, office education and shipping.
The general entry requirement to undertake a VET program is that one has completed primary school. But to start and complete a VET program in the Faroe Islands, one must obtain an official learning contract with a company that has been authorized to provide learning in a certain trade.
The learning contract then must be submitted to the National Vocational Careers Service center to achieve legality.
It is also possible to start a VET program with a school-based course, but to complete the program, one must obtain a learning contract with an authorized company.
Beyond this one must consider the language requirements, Faroese and Danish (if the school is based in Denmark).
In general, a Faroese VET education consists of an apprenticeship at a workplace as well as mandatory school-based education at the upper secondary education level.
A cornerstone of the programs is the continous exchange between learning in the workplace and the school courses.
The VET program then finishes with a certificate (a journeyman’s proof) that certifies that one is now skilled in a certain trade.
In some cases, the school-based part is available in the Faroe Islands while in other instances, such as in the trade of painting or within the IT area, the schools are in Denmark.
All together there are over one hundred specialized vocations that are recognized within the system.
Programs where both apprenticeship and school courses are offered in the Faroes:
The National Vocational Careers Service center can provide you with more information. The office is open on weekdays between 9 am to 3 pm. You can also reach us by phone on +298-306560 or by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The center has responsibility for overseeing learning contracts as well as the administrative responsibility of the educational programs themselves.
The center acts as a link between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture (which oversees education in general), the social partners (labor unions as well as employers unions) and the schools.