Skills beyond School

Synthesis Report

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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? This report synthesises the findings of the series of  country reports done on skills beyond school.

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Transparency in learning outcomes

Having the right skills is not sufficient; these skills need to be recognised and used effectively by employers and learning institutions. Qualifications serve this function by certifying acquired knowledge and skills. This chapter explores how qualifications work, why they sometimes fail, and what can be done to make them work better. It first discusses how to construct strong qualification systems. It then examines how competence-based qualifications can be fully exploited, and how effective skills assessments may underpin the credibility of qualifications.

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