Friesland College is a large conglomerate of vocational educational centres with a high priority attached to cooperation with alumni, businesses and service institutes. Knowledge and competences of the students should be relevant and recognizable in the eyes of SMEs, industry and organisations. Another priority is to change the way of teaching by providing a more or less individual approach towards students instead of offering generic educational programmes. Entrepreneurial mind-set is of high priority for Friesland College. The development of entrepreneurial skills and behaviour is imbedded in the educational curricula.
Friesland College is a Regional Training Centre for secondary vocational education (VET) and Adult Education (AE). Every year about 10,000 students are registered : 8,000 follow a VET education which lasts three to four years, and 2,000 follow short-term courses which can last from a few days to six months.
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 850 members. They are active in several locations, the largest two being located in Leeuwarden and Heerenveen, in the province Friesland (in the north of The Netherlands.)
At Friesland College education begins in practice. That is the premise of learning at Friesland College, where the school aims at providing more exciting, contemporary and challenging education; education that invites students’ initiative, curiosity, reflection and practical application of knowledge. Friesland College promotes new professionalism in education and training by using a student-centred approach, coaching students to realize their career ambitions. All students are stimulated to gather experience abroad, in Europe and outside, where young people are trained in their profession and develop their personal leadership.