What characterises upper secondary vocational education and training?


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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Vocational education and training (VET) attracts a very diverse range of students, including youth and adults seeking to improve their technical skills, entry into higher education or those at risk of dropping out of school. This paper reports on the state of play of upper secondary vocational education across OECD countries. Upper secondary education builds on students' basic skills and knowledge to prepare them for higher education or the labour market. In many countries, this level of education is not compulsory and it can last from two to five years. Most education systems offer...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Secondary education; Pathways; Participation; Youth; Outcomes

Keywords: OECD country; Education and training system; VET in schools; VET for secondary students; Enrolment; Student retention; Transition from education and training to employment; Relevance of education and training; Outcomes of education and training; Institutional role; Policy implications

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2019

Physical description: 6 p.

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Series: OECD education indicators in focus; no. 68, March 2019

ISSN: 2226-7077 (online)

Resource type: Paper

Document number: TD/TNC 136.176

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