ECABO is the 'Centre of Expertise on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market' for the economic/administrative, ICT and security professions.

ECABO is involved in the full range of vocational training activities. We focus on the levels VMBO (lower secondary vocational education), MBO (senior secondary vocational education) and HBO (higher vocational education), working to ensure that pupils and students are able to reach the highest possible educational level without having to deal with unnecessary obstacles along the way.

Our objective: vocational education and the labour market

Our objective is to facilitate professional training that is fully aligned with the demands of the labour market. For this reason, ECABO serves as a bridge between the business community and vocational education, by means of a wide range of services, including the development and maintenance of the national qualification profiles for MBO programmes, ensuring that businesses are able to offer enough suitable work placements, and supporting educational institutions when they administer examinations, for example via a test database.

ECABO sectors for secondary vocational education

The ECABO sectors constitute a major portion of the labour and training market. For example, the ROCs (regional training centres), train more than 90,000 students - one-fifth of the all MBO students – in a vocation from an ECABO sector. Moreover thousands of young people choose to earn their vocational education at private institutions.

Our International projects

For many years ECABO has participated in projects and pilots. We support, set up and participate in international projects aimed at greater internationalisation and mobility for VET students. Some of these projects are EU-funded, such as the QUAL4T project and the INtheMC-project, whilst other projects and pilots are financed by the ECABO itself. One example is the intermediary, Barcelona Students, which finds and proposes accreditation of training companies, and provides guidance to students during their work placement in Spain -. If you want to know more about current or recent projects in which ECABO participates, see our overview of our international projects.