05 août 2015

Local colleges offer vocational training for skilled positions

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. In response to demand, local colleges have developed training programs for auto repair technicians and truck drivers. Various certificates and degrees are available to get students into the workforce. More...

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Vocational training is not an easy alternative to formal schooling

The ConversationBy . South Africa’s Department of Basic Education has a plan to address the country’s youth unemployment crisis and its skills shortage. A task team established by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has proposed that learners who leave the formal school system at the end of Grade 9 be awarded an exit certificate. More...

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04 août 2015

India: leading VET chain pairs with MOOC platform

By Sara Custer. India’s largest vocational education provider, AISECT, has partnered with online learning platform, ALISON, in a bid to extend its reach in providing skills-based learning to rural and semi-urban populations. More...

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31 juillet 2015

Picture yourself in the creative industries? Take a BTec

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy. Practical skills are what counts in the arts and media, so get some hands-on experience with a vocational BTec course. More...

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30 juillet 2015

Are vocational programmes preparing school leavers for a risky job market?

educationtodayBy Dirk Van Damme. One of the most dramatic consequences of the economic crisis has been the soaring levels of youth unemployment in several OECD countries; and the hesitant recovery of the past years was insufficient to improve the job prospects of young people. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, youth unemployment rates still exceeded 25% in nine OECD countries, including Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. High youth unemployment is a huge waste of human potential and an unacceptable social tragedy. Read more...

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Employability: Is Vocational Education Better?

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentBy Glenda Quintini. Vocational education and training are highly valued by many. In 2010, the European Ministers for Vocational Education and Training, the European Social Partners and the European Commission issued the Bruges Communiqué, which describes the global vision for VET in Europe 2020. In this vision, vocational skills and competencies are considered as important as academic skills and competencies. VET is expected to play an important role in achieving two Europe 2020 headline targets set in the education field: a) reduce the rate of early school leavers from education to less than 10 percent; b) increase the share of 30 to 40 years old having completed tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40 percent.
But just how good is VET compared to general education in getting people into well-paid jobs? Unfortunately, the few existing studies yield mixed results partly due to differences in the structure and quality of VET across countries. The new study “The effects of Vocational Education on adult skills and wages. What we learn from PIAAC?” by Brunello and Rocco (2015) released today addresses precisely this question by using the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). Data comparability across countries, the breath of countries involved, and the almost unique presence of information on assessed skills, training, earnings and employment makes this survey especially valuable to study the different facets of VET as compared to more academic education. More...

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29 juillet 2015

Government must apply new VET marketing rules to itself and higher education

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). The NTEU says that the government’s most recent plans to stop vocational education and training providers from charging students withdrawal fees is a further acknowledgement of the negative impacts of deregulation in education. 
“The NTEU also welcomes outlawing providers marketing VET FEE-HELP supported training as ‘free’,” Jeannie Rea, National President of the NTEU,  said today. More...

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Review shows Victorian VET funding is a failure

By Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office). An Issues Paper released by Bruce McKenzie and Neil Coulson last week, as part of the Victorian VET Funding Review, confirms that the introduction of a demand driven fully contestable market for the provision of vocational education and training (VET) in Victoria has failed students, industry, public TAFE institutes and the Victorian community. More...

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Slovenia and Cedefop launch a thematic country review on apprenticeships

Home A launching meeting for Cedefop’s thematic country review on apprenticeships in Slovenia took place in Ljubljana on 16 June. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MESS) of Slovenia. Representatives of the responsible ministries (education, labour and economy), VET providers and the social partners took part; they represent a group that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues of VET development. More...

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When VET will be taken seriously

Home‘Vocational education and training (VET) needs a strong commitment to raise its profile and strengthen its ties with the world of employment,’ writes Cedefop Director James Calleja in the July issue of the Social Agenda magazine. More...

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