05 August 2014
Pathways to an attractive VET system: Learning from international experience
Academic training enjoys greater esteem than vocational education and training in many countries. The career choice decisions made by the young generation reflect this. However, if governments recognise the value of vocational education and training for the employability of young people, they also need to consider how increased attractiveness of VET can be achieved. As a consequence, many governments are undertaking extensive reform endeavours in order to establish or expand company-integrated and cooperative forms of initial and continuing training. This can, however, only succeed if the image, the quality and the permeability of vocational education and training are developed accordingly at the same time. Countries with established dual structures are also required to keep their systems attractive and improve transition into employment. This special international forum aims to present and discuss the challenges of increasing attractiveness from the perspective of various vocational education and training systems and their stakeholders. The forum will feature two selected country examples (Mexico and Switzerland) supplemented by practical examples and a panel of social partners.