- 10 Aug 2010
The vocational challenge
Countries are now giving the long-neglected topic of vocational education and training (VET) a dramatically increased profile, reflecting a recognition of its economic function and the need to grapple with emerging strains in VET systems. This heightened profile led to the launch of this OECD policy review, which involved reports on the vocational systems of 16 countries.
While many vocational skills can in principle be learnt on the job, firms are often unwilling to invest in training. For these reasons and others, it often makes sense to provide vocational education and training to young people to ensure their smooth transition into the labour market. This report is primarily concerned with initial VET, meaning programmes designed primarily for young people. Its focus is on how VET systems can respond better to labour market needs.