OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training

2077-7736 (online)
2077-7728 (print)
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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 Mexico 2009

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Viktória Kis, Kathrin Hoeckel, Paulo Santiago
03 July 2012
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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. VET in Mexico plays an important social role and numerous recent initiatives illustrate the country’s will to address the challenges faced by its VET system and integrate VET into a broad framework of lifelong learning. At the same time, the Mexican VET system faces some challenges, including ineffective co-ordination and coherence within the VET system, weak linkages between employers and VET, and insufficient pedagogical preparation of teachers and trainers.

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 of Contents

Summary: strengths, challenges and recommendations 5
-Strengths 5
-Challenges 6
-Recommendations 6
Chapter 1. Introduction  7
-1.1 The OECD policy review of Mexico 8
-1.2 The structure of the report 9
-1.3 A snapshot of the system 9
-1.4 Strengths and challenges 12
-Chapter 2. Policy recommendations 13
-2.1 Consultative arrangements to engage employers and develop VET policy 14
-2.2 Practical training in workplaces 19
-2.3 Enhancing competences in the VET workforce 26
-2.4 A national vocational qualifications framework 33
-2.5 Availability and use of VET information 39
Acronyms 47
References 48
Annex A. Background information 53
-1. Terms of reference for Mexico 53
-2. Biographical information 54
-3. Programme of the review visit 55
Annex B. International and national statistics 57
Annex C. QualiCarte 63

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