Safety-net and Hierarchy
We find that in most countries secondary vocational education
reduced the odds of unemployment, and the chances of
someone entering the labor force as an unskilled worker. The
advantages associated with vocational education are most
pronounced in countries where vocational secondary education
is specific rather than general. Third, graduates of
vocational secondary education attain lower occupational
prestige than that attained by graduates of academic tertiary
education. This disadvantage of vocational education is most
pronounced in countries where vocational education also serves
as an effective safety net. This is an important finding because it
means that 'diversion' and 'safety net' effects are not mutually
exclusive but are the flip side of the same coin.
The National Discussion:
The New Call for VET
change has intensified
national discussions about
Thinking anew about the
split between the
ministries of Education
and Economics, with more
recognition for VET.
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