OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training

2077-7736 (online)
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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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A Skills beyond School Review of Austria

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Pauline Musset, Simone Bloem, Mihály Fazekas, Simon Field
03 July 2013
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This report examines vocational education and training programmes in Austria, covering how they are changing, how they are funded, how they are linked to academic and university programmes and how employers and unions are engaged.

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Table of Contents

Summary: strengths, challenges and recommendations
Strengths of the Austrian system of postsecondary vocational education and training
Challenges and recommendations
Chapter 1. Introduction and initial assessment

-The review of Austria and its place in the OECD study
-The structure of the report
-A snapshot of the system
-The system in international context
-Previous OECD analysis and recommendations
-Strengths of the postsecondary VET system in Austria
Chapter 2. A better co-ordination of diversity
-Challenge: a highly diverse sector
-Recommendation: establishing a steering body for VET in Austria
-Supporting arguments: reaping the benefits of better co-ordination
Chapter 3. Better access to further learning
-Challenge: obstacles to further education and training
-Recommendation: improving articulation and encouraging transitions
-Supporting arguments: concrete tools to support transition
Chapter 4. Strengthening workplace training in vocational education and training colleges
-Challenge: workplace training is too variable
-Recommendation: mandatory and integrated workplace training
-Supporting arguments: enhancing effectiveness and efficiency
Chapter 5. Reflecting labour market demand in the mix of provision
-Challenge: insufficient response to the needs of the economy
-Recommendation: better reflecting labour market demand
-Supporting arguments: mechanisms to reflect labour market needs
Annex A: Overview of postsecondary vocational examinations in the three Germanophone countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland

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