Friesland College - D'Drive

Friesland College is a Regional Training Centre (ROC) for secondary vocational education (VET) and adult education. Every year about 9,000 students follow a course: 7,500 follow a VET course which lasts three to four years, and 1,500 follow short-term courses which can last from a few days to six months to one year. Staff (teachers and supporting staff) : approximately 1200. Friesland College is an open educational institution with respect for all religions and cultures in society. Friesland College is involved with and listens to its students; has a passion for teaching and is innovative. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses, job opportunities, facilities and activities at Friesland College. These are provided throughout the province of Friesland by a teaching and support staff of 1200 persons. They are active in several locations, the largest two being located in Leeuwarden and Heerenveen which are in Friesland, the north of The Netherlands. EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY: PRACTISE-BASED LEARNING At Friesland College education begins in a practice- based learning environment. That's the premise of learning at Friesland College, where we try to provide more exciting, contemporary and challenging education; education that invites students’ initiative, curiosity, reflection and practical application of knowledge. Friesland College wants to promote new professionalism in education and training by using a student-centred approach, coaching students to realize their career ambitions. The College aims to offer students practical learning experience in real life settings (workplace driven learning) , and opportunities to develop professional skills and reflective powers, thus encouraging them to take the initiative and become effective learners. All students are stimulated to have an experience abroad, in Europe but also in the developing countries, where they train young people in their profession and teach them entrepreneurship so that they can start their own business. Friesland College is a VET school in which a lot of disciplines of the field of work are taught. The main idea behind our educational approach is that we want students to ‘act’ and ‘reflect’ on their activities and experiences. This, to our opinion, is the best bases for the next step. We encourage our students to explore and discover their own way of coming to the solution. This also means allowing room for mistakes and vulnerability to accept these mistakes to ultimately grow and learn from them. Thus, our credo is: “Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow”! Having said this, our approach to this project is to empower the students to take the lead. They are the youngsters that will shape our future. Subsequently, they are the ones that should gain the most from the activities we, as VET School, will organise. We as professionals in this organisation (teachers, coaches and mentors) are there to make students learn, but mainly through a guiding and overseeing role, making sure that the students pursue the right direction, instead of always keeping on the “right” path (All roads lead to Rome). Friesland College is leading a Platform of Vocational Excellence project on the topic of Water (www.povewater.eu) and has the ambition of being involved in a additional Platform of Vocational Excellence project on the topic of Digitalisation. Friesland College would like to be involved with regional partners NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Learning Hub Friesland to give their regional project ‘Media Innovatie Campus’ a European Dimension. Friesland College is involved in the regional Digitalisation Innovation Ecosystem and works closely with regional and local governments and the world of work.

About us

CountryNetherlands
Type of collaborationPotential partner
ContactHendrik Jan Hoekstra
E-mail addressh.j.hoekstra@fcroc.nl
Type of organisation:VET provider
 
Education level:ISCED 3: Upper secondary education
ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education
ISCED 5: Short-cycle tertiary education
Sector of expertise:Education
Current level of involvement in Vocational Excellence:Friesland College is leading a Platform of Vocational Excellence project on the topic of Water (www.povewater.eu) and has the ambition of being involved as partner in an additional Platform of Vocational Excellence project on the topic of Digitalisation.

Friesland College would like to be involved with regional partners NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Learning Hub Friesland to give their regional project ‘Media Innovatie Campus’ a European Dimension. Friesland College is involved in the regional Digitalisation Innovation Ecosystem and works closely with regional and local governments and the world of work.
Existing activities:C&P: Apprenticeships, Upskilling and reskilling
C&P: Business incubators & Entrepreneurship
C&P: Business-education partnerships, Pact for Skills
C&P: Innovation hubs & applied research
C&P: Knowledge creation and dissemination
C&P: VET attractiveness campaigns
C&P: VET Internationalization strategies
G&F: Bringing together all relevant stakeholders
G&F: Co-creating skills ecosystems
G&F: Effective use of EU and national funds
G&F: National and regional Skills governance systems
G&F: Sustainable financial models
Other
T&L: Higher level VET and flexible pathways
T&L: Innovative curricula
T&L: Innovative teaching and learning methods
T&L: Learner centered excellence approach
T&L: Life Long Learning continuum, Initial and continuing VET
T&L: Professional Development of teachers and trainers
T&L: Staff and learner mobility and joint qualification
Envisioned activities:C&P: Apprenticeships, Upskilling and reskilling
C&P: Business-education partnerships, Pact for Skills
C&P: Innovation hubs & applied research
C&P: International VET campus/academies
C&P: Knowledge creation and dissemination
C&P: VET Internationalization strategies
G&F: Bringing together all relevant stakeholders
G&F: Co-creating skills ecosystems
G&F: Effective use of EU and national funds
G&F: National and regional Skills governance systems
T&L: Innovative curricula
T&L: Innovative teaching and learning methods
T&L: Learner centered excellence approach
T&L: Life Long Learning continuum, Initial and continuing VET
T&L: Professional Development of teachers and trainers
T&L: Staff and learner mobility and joint qualification
Type of partner(s) wanted:Chamber
Company
Development Agency
Innovation Agency
Professional/ sector association
Regional Authority
Research Institute
Sector Skills Council
Social partner
Tertiary education
VET provider
Priority countries for cooperation:Afghanistan
Åland Islands
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bouvet Island
Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Southern Territories
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Holy See
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)
Korea, Republic of
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Moldova, Republic of
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
North Macedonia
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine, State of
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Réunion
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin (French part)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic
Taiwan, Province of China
Tajikistan
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States Minor Outlying Islands
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Viet Nam
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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