Flanders makes it easier to enter various professions without diploma

Flanders makes it easier to enter various professions without diploma
Chef, assistant chef and baker are among the professions to be included in the trajectory. Credit: Canva

Soon, it will be easier to become a carer, chef or technician in Flanders, as the government is looking to expand the list of jobs that can be practised without a vocational diploma.

The list of professions for which an Elsewhere Acquired Competencies (EVC) trajectory can be created includes 11 additional jobs for which jobseekers have developed the necessary skills but do not have the diploma to prove it. The trajectory aims to make it easier for people to find a job and for bottleneck vacancies to be filled more quickly.

"Many people have competencies that are not always visible on a CV. Especially in these times of labour shortages, it is important to recognise and acknowledge every talent," Flemish Employment Minister Jo Brouns, who expanded the list together with Education Minister Ben Weyts, said.

"This way, you guide people to the labour market more quickly and make skills visible that people have acquired in their jobs or voluntary work, through hobbies or self-study. With this new list, we are laying this building block for some occupations in sectors where there is a great shortage today."

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Especially the addition of carer and care assistant — two occupational groups that are currently facing serious labour shortages in the region — are key to fulfilling the EVC trajectory's aim of filling bottleneck vacancies. Other professions to be added to the list include administrative staff member, baker, housing inspector and professional photographer.

Shorten course of additional education

In 2019, the EVC policy was adopted to give people the opportunity to have competencies that they had acquired through previous professional experiences, hobbies, voluntary work or other means officially recognised.

Aside from recognising competencies that have been acquired without a diploma, it can also shorten the course of formal education by granting exemptions from certain course units.

"This system lowers the threshold to adult education because it allows people to be exempt from course units if they have already mastered certain knowledge and skills. In this way, more people will start a course and stay in it longer. So everybody wins," Weyts said.

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