If the perception that vocational education is an “option for losers” persists, unemployment and social instability will continue to escalate.
This argument emerged as a major focus in the first day of the World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) held in Doha, Qatar this week. The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development launched the summit in 2009.
This year’s gathering, titled “Collaborating for Change”, has drawn more than 1 000 delegates from 100 countries, including educationists, politicians, NGO leaders and employers.
International experts at the summit on Tuesday stressed that for vocational education to meet skills shortages across the globe, governments need to play their role by introducing policy reforms that will attract youth to these educational institutions.
But Valerie Hannon, co-author of the book Learning a Living, which was launched at the summit, said that in many countries vocational training is still seen “as an option for losers”…
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Youth Unemployment | More severe in countries in which vocational preparation takes place in full-time schools
“Young graduates and early school leavers entering the labour market are a population at risk. They are exposed to above-average turnover rates between different jobs and face an increased risk of unemployment. “ write Marc Piopiunik and Paul Ryan in Improving the transition between education/training and the labour market: What can we learn from various … Continue reading »
OECD | Vocational Education and Training : Strengths, Challenges and Recommendation: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China , Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (South Carolina and Texas)
The OECD publishes a series of summary sheets on education and training (VET) in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile (also in Spanish), China (also in Chinese) , Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (South Carolina and Texas). Each of them deals with strengths, challenges and advances recommendations. Australia … Continue reading »
Here are some statements extracted from a World Bank report by Arvil V. Adams entitled The Role of Youth Skills Development in the Transition to Work: A Global Review (2007) on commonly asked questions. A kind of reminder. Does TVE payoff? TVE does payoff under the right conditions. Evidence shows that TVE is more effective when focused … Continue reading »
In a recent survey, Gaby Atfield and Kate Purcell found in Futuretrack Stage 3 Working Paper 4: The fit between graduate labour market supply and demand that graduates who were studying vocational subjects were most likely to believe that the subject they had studied would be an advantage in looking for employment. Sixty per cent of respondents studying subjects allied to … Continue reading »
In the last years the idea that higher education can actually be considered a bubble took shape and is increasingly brought to debate. In more and more countries there are dozens of students graduating and instead of entering the workforce, they go straight to unemployment. With some notable exceptions (like Computing, Medicine etc.) there are … Continue reading »
Many American adolescents don’t want to go to college. They reject as boring and aggravating the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other college-level courses offered to them in high school. Yet, they need reading, writing, math and time-management skills for good jobs or trade school slots when they graduate. How can they be persuaded to … Continue reading »
Career and technical education has come a long way since the days when students could be steered from academics into hairstyling, auto repairs or carpentry. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to sell the concept of having all students take courses in CTE, as it is known. Take what happened this March in La Jolla, … Continue reading »
Launching the pilot project on National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework (NVEQF) in Haryana, union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal emphasised the need to change the mindset of parents to promote vocational education in the country. “India is a country of youth. There is a need to give them such education, which may get them … Continue reading »
China has more than 30 million students studying in vocational schools, as well as 72.65 million people who have graduated from such schools over the last 10 years, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Education. According to a report on the development of vocational education, the employment rate for graduates of secondary … Continue reading »
China will beef up its support for secondary vocational education by offering more students free schooling and improving the grant aid system, authorities vowed on Wednesday. Urban students majoring in agriculture-related subjects or having financial difficulties and all rural students will be exempt from tuition fees at secondary vocational schools starting from the fall semester …Continue reading »
Secondary vocational education will soon be free in Russia, the country’s Education and Science Minister Gennady Shepelev told reporters in Moscow on Monday. He declined to elaborate on the exact date. Shepelev recalled that 27 percent of students of Russian elementary vocation training colleges still pay for the studies. He also admitted that graduates’ job … Continue reading »
The European Commission has approved new programmes for Egypt, to support job creation for unskilled workers, and to enhance the efficiency of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) system to better respond to the demands of the labour market and to the country’s new socio-economic needs. The new support for job creation will provide … Continue reading »
“In this economic climate, with such high rates of graduate unemployment, should school leavers give far greater consideration to vocational qualifications?” asks Jane Scott Paul in Are vocational qualifications a better option than university? on guardian.co.uk. “Sadly though, youth unemployment is hardly limited to unqualified school leavers: it now extends to many of Britain’s brightest … Continue reading »
‘Many countries face significant skills gaps across a range of industries, particularly in technical and specialized fields’ says Boston Consulting Group . These gaps persist despite distressingly high unemployment rates even in developed economies. Jobs remain unfilled even as potential workers, lacking the skills and training that industries require, sit idle. Technical and vocational education … Continue reading »
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Sub-Saharan Africa | A better chance for finding jobs (Video)
Three out of five unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are young. This video explores the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in giving young people in Africa a better chance for finding jobs. It is published by UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal (2011).
The government is planning to provide vocational and technical training for 35 percent of youths by 2016 under the Mahinda Chinthanaya. Plans are also underway to increase state university intake up to 10 percent. The government also provided vocational and technical training to over 100,000 youths in state institutions in 2011, Sri Lanka Freedom Party … Continue reading »