Leonardo da Vinci -project: FI-04-B-F-PP-160530
One important cause of this support from the above mentioned WorldSkills offices goes back to the well-functioning relations between these offices at the beginning and during the course of their history. In addition to this, each country represented the most common educational systems in Europe: the so-called Nordic model, the Dual system and the British NVQ qualification system. Those who were responsible for the preparation of the Project found that a strong axle of cooperation also needs different views. So Denmark was invited along Estonia and Lithuania, both EU member states since 2005. Denmark had carried out a reform of vocational education in 2000, which had led to an approach of working life towards vocational education. This made Denmark´s role very interesting and it acted as a filter between the Nordic system and the Central European Dual system (see appendix The Danish system of education). The Danes characterize their system as a developmental model of an apprentice-based training that allows on the one hand more training on a Dual-basis but on the other hand results in a stronger work commitment. In comparison to Sweden and Finland the duration of the working life periods is four to five times longer (see the comparison: The working life periods in the partner countries).