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VET in Europe – Breaking the general education/higher education duality might be a necessary condition to make it more attractive

Survey respondents are generally familiar with vocational education. Most Europeans have heard about VET (86%). While they recognise its heterogeneity, linking it to different statements on when (initial versus continuous) and where it takes place (school versus work-based), VET is generally associated with an education that prepares you for a specific occupation and rarely connected … Continue reading

Changing Skills Requirements of Jobs – Best international approaches

The world of work is changing in ways that make it increasingly difficult for a large proportion of the workforce to gain and maintain consistent employment. More than ever, existing and future workers need to prepare for the changing skills requirements of jobs. With advancements in technology, the skills profiles within jobs, and the jobs … Continue reading

Long-Term Youth Unemployment in Europe – The scarring effect

Young people are more affected than other age groups by long-term unemployment. While long-term youth unemployment is certainly not a new policy challenge for Europe, it now affects a wider range of young people than it ever did before, ranging from those with third-level degrees to the most disadvantaged young people. Eurofound’s new report on … Continue reading

Education in Canada – The highest proportion of adults aged 25 to 64 with tertiary education among OECD countries

This report is a product of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). It is intended to facilitate the comparison of educational systems in Canada’s provinces and territories with those of countries that belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The document presents a series of indicators harmonized to the definitions and methodologies … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – The focus is still on boosting numbers rather than on the hard and sustained work required to improve quality

Better Apprenticeships draws on research by teams from the UCL Institute of Education and the Centre for Vocational Education Research at LSE to analyse the current state of play for apprenticeships in England. ‘Apprenticeship quality and social mobility’, authored by Alison Fuller & Laura Unwin from the UCL Institute of Education, analyses whether sufficient quality indicators are in … Continue reading

Educational Choices in UK – Leaving the decision until the deadline

This research set out to test the hypothesis: given the current complexity of the post-16 educational landscape, learners can experience difficulties making fully-informed choices and navigating technical education routes in particular. The aim was to assess how young people make educational choices post-16 and what information they use. The objectives were as follows: • To … Continue reading

Young Early School Leavers – Engaging them in vocational training

This research focused on one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system: young early school leavers. While a quarter of those undertaking government-funded vocational training are aged between 15 and 19 years (NCVER 2017a), many early school leavers are unfortunately disengaging from their vocational training before completion. There are … Continue reading

Skills Gap – Skills utilisation should be identified as a priority

The OECD has recently affirmed the importance of increased productivity and continued economic growth as means of providing the best opportunity to raise the prosperity and well-being of people. Skills represent the great equalizer and provide a critical route out of poverty and inequality for many individuals. However, traditional approaches to skills have focused on … Continue reading

VET in Europe – Largely perceived as occupations-specific education and training geared towards securing supply of skilled labour

This research paper discusses national definitions and conceptions of vocational education and training (VET) in European Union Member States, Iceland and Norway and describes how these definitions and conceptions have changed over the past two decades. Between September and November 2016, Cedefop invited national VET experts to respond to a questionnaire covering the way national … Continue reading

Skills Gap in Ontario – A Chief Training and Skills Officer and a Skills Guarantee

In the period October 2016 to March 2017, Maxim Jean-Louis, President- Chief Executive Of cer of Contact North I Contact Nord was requested by the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance to carry out an engagement process with its members to help determine a transformative vision for apprenticeship training in Ontario. We are all challenged to do … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Between almost zero and one- third of work activities could be displaced by 2030

In our latest research on automation, we examine work that can be automated through 2030 and jobs that may be created in the same period. We draw from lessons from history and develop various scenarios for the future. While it is hard to predict how all this will play out, our research provides some insights … Continue reading

Global Youth Unemployment – To rise slightly in 2017 with 21.8 per cent of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET) ILO says

There has been a modest economic recovery, though youth unemployment remains high and employment quality a concern. The global economic outlook for 2017 and 2018 is positive and growth is projected to accelerate modestly due to moderate pickups in investment and trade, mainly led by advanced economies. However, job growth does not always accompany economic … Continue reading

UK – Educating for the economic future

Digitalisation and automation are changing the number and types of job available and the skills required to carry out existing jobs effectively. Around half of adults in England have basic or no ICT skills, and this is higher than the OECD average. Younger people fare better, but facility with social media should not be mistaken … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Jobs matter and labour markets do not stand still

Jobs matter. For almost all of us, they are more than a source of income, extending to the provision of opportunities for social interaction; a source of self-esteem; or a feeling of contribution to a profession or community. From an economy-wide viewpoint, growing employment rates and higher labour market participation are primary sources of improved … Continue reading

Trade Union and Skills – Critical engagement may lead to improvements in the working lives of members and workers in general

This report seeks to improve our understanding of the involvement of trade unions in the domain of TVET and skills development at the national, sectoral and enterprise levels. It does this through case studies of ten countries at different stages of development and with different traditions of unionism and social dialogue. The literature review and … Continue reading

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