The Dutch Education System

Senior secondary vocational education (MBO)

From pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO), general secondary education (HAVO) and pre-university education (VWO), you have access to senior secondary vocational education (MBO). Our senior secondary vocational courses prepare you for a future in the "green" sector and form a combination of learning and working. You choose where you want to learn and spend most of the time: at school or in a real company.






Our courses are comprehensive, up to date and tailored to the wishes of students and businesses. Senior secondary vocational courses are offered at three schools in Maasland, Schiedam and Naaldwijk. Our policy is to keep small-scale schools with a personal touch, an eye for social development and an approach aimed at the individual.

Learning from practice
At Lentiz, practice is the basis of learning. During the work placements our students gain a lot of experience in their field. This experience is obtained by working in various modern companies like the auction, horticulture and landscaping companies, horse firms, caterers, food industry and environment control businesses.

Work placement
At Lentiz you are not at school all the time. Our programmes are characterised by much practice, field trips and work placements. Work placements in the Dutch vocational education sector are called “BPV “. 


At the workplace

Practice is important for learning. Therefore, the work placement is a large and important part of the senior secondary vocational education programmes. You gain experience in recognised training companies. During your work placement you become familiar with the atmosphere in a company or institution. You learn to put theoretical knowledge into practice while you are guided by a supervisor or mentor in the training company.

Involved parties
The supervisor is responsible for coaching you at the workplace and teaching you the agreed skills. You will be guided by the school as well. The school will be in contact with you and the training company and is at the end responsible for the overall training course.

Acknowledged training companies
Companies that want to train students must be acknowledged by the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Businesses and Vocational Education (KBB). This applies to both the school-based route with full-time education and work placements (BOL) and the work-based route in which apprenticeship students combine work and study (BBL). For instance, a qualified supervisor must be present and the student must be able to practise all the required skills in the company. This ensures the quality of learning during the work placements.

The work placement agreement
A work placement agreement containing a number of clauses regarding the training in the company or institution must be signed by both the acknowledged training company or institution and the student. In case of a work-based route in which apprenticeship students combine work and study (BBL) the contract is signed by the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Businesses and Vocational Education (KBB) too, and in addition an employment agreement is made.