The Dutch education system features many different types of school, each offering a curriculum geared to pupils' needs. Secondary education paves the way for vocational or higher education. The higher education system aims to provide top-quality teaching and training at professional or academic level. Special education is provided to pupils with learning and behavioural difficulties.
The government believes that entrepreneurs’ chances of success will be enhanced if they hone their entrepreneurial skills and have skilled employees. Therefore it is important for education to focus more on entrepreneurship. The way future employees are educated must fit more closely with demand on the labour market. The Rutte-Asscher government plans for businesses and educational institutions to make agreements with one another – and, subsequently, with them – to improve this.