Unlocking the Potential of Migrants

Cross-country Analysis

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Among the millions of asylum seekers who recently arrived in OECD countries, the majority are young people who may be able to take advantage of vocational education and training (VET) opportunities to help them enter skilled employment. This report provides advice to governments and other stakeholders who are seeking to use VET to promote integration, in particular for young humanitarian migrants. While the study draws particularly on policy and practice observed in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland, it also highlights other international practices.

The report focuses on the main channels through which migrants succeed in VET. It is essential that migrants are fully informed about the opportunities VET provision offers and that they have access to high quality preparatory programmes enabling access to upper-secondary VET. Once in such provision, targeted support should help them to complete VET programmes successfully. OECD countries are putting in place innovative measures to achieve better outcomes for both migrants and for economies as a whole. Ultimately this report argues that VET systems can become stronger, more flexible and more inclusive, when working better for all students, including those with diverse and vulnerable backgrounds.



Towards strong, flexible and inclusive VET systems that work for all

The combination of rapidly changing labour market needs and the growing diversity of the learners expected to participate in vocational education and training (VET) calls for strong, flexible and inclusive VET systems. This chapter discusses systemic and institutional issues related to VET in terms of migrant students, including defining strategies and co-ordinating relevant stakeholders. It highlights structural and institutional challenges facing both young humanitarian migrants and the VET system itself, noting that these challenges also apply to youth at risk in general. It lays out overarching elements for success to guide countries in efforts to unlock the potential of migrants through VET.



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