Making it real: the benefits of workplace learning in upper-secondary vocational education and training courses


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Author: Polidano, Cain; Tabasso, Domenico


In OECD countries, 'real world' upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) programs are used to engage less academically oriented youth in learning, while helping to prepare them for post-school work and/or further education. In general terms, VET programs with high employer involvement, such as apprenticeship schemes, are considered to be superior to classroom-based VET programs that are typically found in many English-speaking countries. In this study, [the authors] examine outcomes from a potential 'third way': classroom-based VET with a short-term structured workplace...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Employment; Participation; Outcomes; Workforce development; Statistics

Keywords: VET in schools; Vocational preparation; Job placement; Transition from education and training to employment; Completion; Outcomes of education and training; Relevance of education and training; Return on education and training; Workplace learning; Workplace education and training; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Oxford, England: Elsevier, 2014

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Journal volume: 42

Journal date: October 2014

Pages: pp. 130-146

Related items: TD/TNC 113.58

ISSN: 0272-7757

Previously published as 'Making it real: the benefits of workplace learning in upper-secondary VET courses', IZA discussion paper no. 7633, September 2013. This paper may be found at:

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 118.919

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