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Vocational Education & Training at a cross-road: Challenges from labour market demands and industrial revolution 4.0
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1491-3700
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is amongst the educational areas drawing high attention by mass media and a key topic of political debate. We see a similar trend outside Sweden, noticeable in the Nordic and the European contexts. 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. Figures are rather similar in Nordic countries. VET is expected to secure employability and social cohesion. Useful for engagement in the debate is a better understanding of the factors influencing and somehow conditioning the discussion about the strategic importance of VET. Drawing from research in the field, some of the core aspects dealt with 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.

Core aspects of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 are highlighted in the presentation. The key note speaker considers that core aspects from Industrial Revolution 4.0, together with an 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; still there are what we could call “socio-economic realities” as well as overall global market challenges that are setting the pace of changes. The presentations draw also attention and highlights key aspects of the UNESCO's Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training for the period 2016-2021.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Vocational education and training, labour mark, industrial revolution 4.0
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171808DiVA, id: diva2:1343747
Conference
NordYrk, Helsinki, Finland 12-14 June, 2019
Note

Keynote at NordYrk 2019.

Available from: 2019-08-19 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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