Engaging Employers in Vocational Education and Training in Brazil

Learning from International Practices

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One of a series of studies on vocational education and training (VET), this report focuses on how international evidence can inform reforms of the VET system in Brazil. The reforms aim to considerably expand provision of initial VET, tripling enrolment between 2014-2024. Today, few upper-secondary students participate in VET in Brazil as compared to many OECD countries. The reform is a welcome initiative, provided that the expansion is coupled with investments in quality. Expansion of VET is likely to diversify the students attending VET programmes and increase the demand for VET teachers, and schools will need the support to make this work while ensuring that the programmes they offer are relevant for the labour market. By international standards, employers in Brazil provide limited input into VET policy and very few VET students have an opportunity of training with employers, and the reforms could be an opportunity to strengthen their involvement. Moreover, the reform could reinforce assessment strategies, as a lack of reliable assessment may decrease the value of VET qualifications. To support reform efforts in Brazil, this report brings in international evidence and discusses how other countries are addressing various related challenges encountered in their VET systems.


Effective strategies for expanding vocational education and training in Brazil

This chapter discusses some of the key challenges and opportunities associated with the planned expansion of the Brazilian vocational education and training (VET) system. It looks at the different roles that VET can play and the diverse populations it can serve. The chapter also discusses the challenges schools may face to create new or expand existing VET programmes, and the support they might need to make the right choices. Lastly, the chapter zooms in on the need to invest in a skilled VET teacher workforce to support the growing number of students.


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