OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training

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Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged? The country reports in this series look at these and other questions. They form part of Skills beyond School, the OECD policy review of postsecondary vocational education and training.

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OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: A Learning for Jobs Review of England and Wales 2009

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Kathrin Hoeckel, Mark Cully, Simon Field, Gábor Halász, Viktória Kis
30 sep 2009
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Learning for Jobs is an OECD study of vocational education and training (VET) designed to help countries make their VET systems more responsive to labour market needs.

In England and Wales, a substantial commitment, backed by increased resources, has been made to the enhancement of workplace skills. Policy-making is self-evidently dynamic and innovative and governments are making conscious attempts to improve employer engagement – the particular topic of this report. At the same time there are a number of challenges – in particular that of linking enhanced employer engagement to a strong apprenticeship system, and of overcoming the obstacle of a complex and unstable institutional environment.

The OECD review assesses the main challenges faced by the VET system and presents an interconnected package of policy recommendations. For each recommendation, the report describes the challenge, the recommendation itself, supporting arguments, and issues of implementation.

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Table des matières

Summary: strengths, challenges and recommendations 5
-Strengths  5
-Challenges 5
-Recommendations 6
Chapter 1. Introduction 7
-1.1 The OECD policy review of England and Wales 8
-1.2 The structure of the report 9
-1.3 A snapshot of VET in England and Wales 9
-1.4 Strengths and challenges of the VET system in England and Wales 13
Chapter 2. Policy recommendations 15
-2.1 Priorities for employer engagement 16
-2.2 Complexity and instability in the VET system 19
-2.3 Raising the skills level of the workforce 23
-2.4 Supporting employer engagement through a stronger apprenticeship system 28
-2.5 Competition in the provider market 30
-2.6 Tools for evidence-based policy 33
References 37
Annex A. 41
-1. Terms of reference for England and Wales 41
-2. Biographical information 42
-3. Programme of the review visits 44

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