Building Future-Ready Vocational Education and Training Systems

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A changing world of work brings the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) to the forefront, as it has the ability to develop the skills that are needed in today’s labour markets and societies. At the same time, structural changes highlight the need to re-engineer certain parts of VET systems in some countries to make them more resilient and ensure they can make the most of the opportunities ongoing changes present.

This report zooms in on four key dimensions of future-ready VET systems: i) responsiveness to changing skill needs; ii) the flexibility to make VET work for all; iii) the ability to support transitions into a changing labour market and further learning; iv) the potential of digital technology to innovate VET design and delivery. For each of these dimensions, the report presents a set of key questions that policymakers and other VET stakeholders should consider when re-engineering VET to make it more future-ready, as well as insights from data and international examples of policies and practices.


Creating responsive vocational education and training systems

This chapter looks at the responsiveness of the range and content of vocational education and training (VET) programmes to changing skills needs. It discusses how labour market data can inform VET policy and delivery, and the important role of social partner engagement. It also looks at the need for VET at higher levels of education and how such programmes can be designed. Lastly, it discusses the need for investing in the right skills for VET teachers.


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