Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

By the Numbers - Vocational Education: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

By the Numbers - Vocational Education: News

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Worldwide, recognition is growing that vocational education must be improved as jobs become more highly skilled.

In the UK, the CBI has said that in order to tackle the skills shortage, more young people must be encouraged to take up apprenticeships or read degrees that include practical work experience. It has called for a university admissions-style system for vocational courses.

In India, the government has set itself an ambitious target to train 500 million members of its workforce in recognised skills by 2022. About 90 per cent of its workforce has had no vocational training.

In the latest of its Skills Beyond School reviews, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development focused on the US and found that the country is facing a "major skills challenge".

Although the US used to educate more young people to post-secondary level than almost any other country, it has now dropped down the international rankings. Forty-two per cent of its younger adults (aged 25-34 in 2010) have tertiary qualifications, a figure bettered by 12 other OECD countries. …

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