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? This report synthesises the findings of the series of country reports done on skills beyond school.
- 13 Nov 2014
Clearer pathways for learners
Professional education and training takes place at career crossroads, leading on into different careers and further learning opportunities. Crossroads need good pathways and clear signposts. This chapter looks at the different routes of entry to and exit from post-secondary professional programmes and how they are signposted. It argues that higher level vocational qualifications are needed for graduates of the initial vocational system, providing a career structure to support and enhance the status of the initial vocational route. More flexible modes of study are needed for adult learners. Systematic efforts are needed to support the articulation of professional training with academic higher education. The whole structure needs to be supported by high-quality career guidance and information.