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Vocational Education & Training (VET) and employability in current labour market landscape: Challenges and Potentialities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1491-3700
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Employability is currently considered one of the core milestones to secure social cohesion. In pursuing employability, Vocational Education and Training (VET) is given a key role. VET is amongst the educational areas drawing the biggest attention by mass media and a key topic of political debate in Sweden and other contexts, particularly European. This is by no means a coincidence if we consider that in the case of Sweden, a majority of youngsters follow any of the vocational training lines offered at upper secondary education. This is not a unique ´Swedish discussion`. Which factors are influencing and somehow conditioning the discussion about the strategic importance of VET for employability? Core aspects in the presentation are; a characterisation of the development of society which is relevant for employability, the qualification needed in relation to the restructuring of working life and an analysis of main categories for approaching the relation between working life demands and curriculum changes. Didactic challenges, where the learning processes are happening in different contexts (classroom and workshops) and at different educational levels, is a significant aspect developed further in the presentation. This presentation will also contextualize the discussion from an international perspective. Rather than a presentation of ready-made answers, the intention is to increase awareness and encourage discussion of factors influencing or to be considered in policymaking and VET planning (including pre-VET education and career guidance).

The increasing cross-national mobility in the labour market poses new demands and challenges to the development of VET. This is particularly relevant in what concerns the implications of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and its corresponding national adaptation; the National Qualification Framework (NQF). Critical voices to the EQF and NQF are not few internationally (c.f., Rauner & Maclean, 2008); still there are what we could call “socio-economic realities” as well as overall global market challenges that are setting the pace of changes. Equally, beyond the European socio-economic space there is increased awareness of the importance of VET as a key to sustainable development of society, social cohesion, employability and individual personal fulfilment. Indicating this relevance, the EFA (Education For All) Global Monitoring Report of 2012 focused on the third goal of Education For All, that is to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to acquire skills. According to the report, the urgency of reaching this goal has sharpened acutely since 2000 as a consequence of a global economic downturn impacting unemployment.

One young person in eight across the world is looking for work. Youth populations are large and growing. The wellbeing and prosperity of young people depend more than ever on the skills that education and training can provide. Failing to meet this need is a waste of human potential and economic power. Youth skills have never been so vital. (Bokova, 2012, p. i)

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Vocational education & training, employability, labour market
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164977DiVA, id: diva2:1280946
Conference
Teacher education, vocationalisation and the global approach to develop core skills for work, Oslo, Norway, November 8, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved

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