The abbreviation of Voorbereidend Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs is VMBO. In English, best translation is Preparatory middle-level vocational education.
Preparatory middle-level vocational education or VMBO as it is been
called most of the time is the easiest form of education to complete.
VMBO is divided in different levels. The highest level is called
Theoretische leerweg (Theoretical learning path), followed by Gemengde
leerweg (Mixed learning path), Kaderberoepsgerichte leerweg (Middle
management-oriented learning path) and Basisberoepsgerichte leerweg
(Basic profession-oriented learning path). Pupils following these
levels of education can try to find a job after they graduate but
especially pupils with a certificate in the higher levels of the VMBO
can choose to continue their study at a MBO school.