Denmark: Training and education of men at a social policy level

by Dr. Ulla Gerner Wohlgemuth

[MenTeach: One of the presentations at the Berlin Conference was by Dr. Ulla Gerner Wohlgemuth who teaches at University College South Denmark.]

The dissertation deals with men’s choice of traiing and education within care work. Specifically, the dissertation deals with training and education as educationist and as social and healthcare assistant such as, at an overall social policy level, this choice has been identified as an unusual choice for men. The identification of usual and unusual choices of training and education is based on research and studies of young people’s traditional choices, and the results of this research has defined the basis of a number of specific parameters for a traditional choice of training and education.

At an overall level, the system level, we find the national policy objective of breaking down a gender-segregated labour market which, in essence, has the purpose of leveling out differences in the two genders’ education and career choices with a view to the realization of a number of targets in terms of equality of gender policy, educational policy and labour-market policy that are coordinated within the European cooperation.

Men choose the two alternative training and education courses targeted at the field of care, but the share of male students and pupils remains limited although the influx of students and pupils increases periodically and often as the result of e.g. targeted efforts.

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August 2010