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 the Czech Republic 2010

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Malgorzata Kuczera
30 Jan 2010
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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.

The Czech Republic has done much to improve its VET system through the introduction of a new qualification system and a national standardised exam in apprenticeship programmes, among other initiatives. The Czech VET system is supported by an impressive date base on labour market outcomes of education and training. At the same time, the general skills of apprenticeship graduates are poor and their situation in the labour market is fragile. Students also need better information about career choices, and the provision of workplace training is highly variable.

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
Chapter 1. Introduction 7
-1.1 The OECD policy review of the Czech Republic 8
-1.2 The structure of the report 9
-1.3 A snapshot of the system 10
-1.4 Strengths and challenges 12
Chapter 2. Policy recommendations 15
-2.1 Stronger general skills in apprenticeship programmes 16
-2.2 Better career guidance for informed choices 22
-2.3 Meeting labour market needs at regional level 30
-2.4 More and better workplace training 37
-2.5 Introducing a standardised assessment in technical programmes 47
-2.6 Involving the social partners 50
References 55
Annex A. Background information 61
-1. Biographical information 61
-2. Programme of the review visits 62
Annex B. Qualicarte in Switzerland 64

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