Returns on vocational education over the life cycle: between immediate labour market preparation and lifelong employability

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Author: Lavrijsen, Jeroen; Nicaise, Ides


An important issue in the design of secondary-level education is the balance between conveying general and occupation-specific (vocational) skills. On the one hand, vocationally oriented programmes, providing occupation-specific skills with immediate labour market relevance, have repeatedly been shown to secure safe pathways into employment. On the other hand, these programmes tend to put less emphasis on developing general knowledge, skills and competencies, including numeracy and literacy, which are foundational to lifelong learning. Hence, when the needs of the labour market change,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Students; Lifelong learning; Outcomes; Employment

Keywords: Skill development; Outcomes of education and training; VET in schools; Return on education and training; Employability

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media, 2017

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Journal volume: 63

Journal number: 2

Journal date: April 2017

Pages: pp. 257-280

ISSN: 0020-8566, 1573-0638 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 129.69

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