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Quality doubts as a driver for vocational education and training (VET) reforms : Switzerland’s way to a highly regarded apprenticeship system


Gonon, Philipp (2017). Quality doubts as a driver for vocational education and training (VET) reforms : Switzerland’s way to a highly regarded apprenticeship system. In: Pilz, Matthias. Vocational education and training in times of economic crisis : lessons from around the world. Cham, 341-354.

Abstract

Currently, vocational education is being reformed all over the world. On the one hand, this is supposed to provide young people with access to the world of work or at least to make access easier for them, on the other hand vocational education for young adults is also considered an alternative to purely academic education. The latter, it is said, does only prepare for certain professions or is too little specific or not sufficiently relevant for the labour market. Compared to university graduates, young people with workplace training are said to be advantaged when it comes to employability. Furthermore, it is said, vocational education is rather congruent with practical talents and motivations, or vice versa many young people are neither willing nor capable of finding their way through an educational system, which is primarily determined by rewarding performance at school. Another aspect is the clearly higher public expenses connected to rather academic education, and finally one states that there also is the question of over-qualification and wrong qualification. These arguments are well known, not new, and they have been stated for years to justify a selective access to the academic career path.
However, also access to vocational education is not simply open for everybody, rather one may point out that also vocational education is of a selective nature. In contrast to school-oriented systems of vocational education, in case of workplace training it is the company, which decides about accepting young people for vocational training.

Abstract

Currently, vocational education is being reformed all over the world. On the one hand, this is supposed to provide young people with access to the world of work or at least to make access easier for them, on the other hand vocational education for young adults is also considered an alternative to purely academic education. The latter, it is said, does only prepare for certain professions or is too little specific or not sufficiently relevant for the labour market. Compared to university graduates, young people with workplace training are said to be advantaged when it comes to employability. Furthermore, it is said, vocational education is rather congruent with practical talents and motivations, or vice versa many young people are neither willing nor capable of finding their way through an educational system, which is primarily determined by rewarding performance at school. Another aspect is the clearly higher public expenses connected to rather academic education, and finally one states that there also is the question of over-qualification and wrong qualification. These arguments are well known, not new, and they have been stated for years to justify a selective access to the academic career path.
However, also access to vocational education is not simply open for everybody, rather one may point out that also vocational education is of a selective nature. In contrast to school-oriented systems of vocational education, in case of workplace training it is the company, which decides about accepting young people for vocational training.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:21 Dec 2017 14:39
Last Modified:21 Dec 2017 14:39
ISSN:1871-3041
ISBN:978-3-319-47854-8
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47856-2_18
Official URL:https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-319-47856-2_18.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010853965 (Library Catalogue)
http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319478548 (Publisher)

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