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Routes out of the crisis – structuring vocational education and training in a future-proof way

Thinking Space 8

The coronavirus pandemic has now been keeping the world in suspense for over two years. It has also left visible traces on vocational education and training. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine represents the next crisis already upon on us which will likewise exert a direct effect on the VET system. The experiences gained during such times of catastrophe may be able to provide valuable assistance in the further development of the vocational education and training system and thus continue to secure an excellent level of provision.

Routes out of the crisis – structuring vocational education and training in a future-proof way

Lockdowns, company closures, distance learning and training and falling training numbers have all created major challenges for firms and vocational schools. Cooperation between learning venues has gathered momentum in many regions in a bid to guarantee that local dual VET will remain of high quality. As essential multipliers, VET staff play a particularly key role. Creative and pragmatic possible solutions have frequently been drawn up in situ. But what is the nature of these approaches? Who is providing the impetuses and driving innovation? Which occupational areas have achieved notable success in overcoming the crisis, and why has this been the case? In this Thinking Space, we will be joining stakeholders from the areas of academic research, policy and practice to discuss these questions and other issues too. The debate will also be informed by specific practical examples. The aim is to use the findings and experiences gleaned over the past two years to learn how we can cope with future crises more effectively.