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 the United States, South Carolina 2011

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Malgorzata Kuczera
30 jan 2011
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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.

South Carolina offers career and technology education (CATE) programs in high schools and career and technology centers, with relatively good status and linked to expectations of strong general skills. A reform agenda reflected in the ‘Education and Economic Development Act’ includes the development of high quality career guidance. There is also a strong technical college system. Wider challenges include an underlying problem of resources for schools, the need to further develop workplace learning, and the lack of basic skills both among school-leavers and adults.

The OECD review assesses the main challenges faced by the CATE 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 South Carolina 8
-1.2 The structure of the report  8
-1.3 A snapshot of the system 9
-1.4 CATE in the US in comparison with vocational education in other OECD countries 11
-1.5 Appreciation of the South Carolina approach 11
-1.6 Strengths and challenges 15
Chapter 2. Policy recommendations 17
-2.1 Financial and human resources 18
-2.2 Better use of work experience 26
-2.3 Basic skills in CATE 37
-2.4 Adult learning and workforce skills 48
References 56
Annex A. Programme of the review visits  63

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