Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important method of lifelong learning. The system’s aim is for individuals to gain the technical information, know-how, skills, and competencies required in the labor market. VET, in conjunction with each individual’s particular skills, is a tool to facilitate high-quality jobs and increasing employment rates.
Despite the importance of VET development, participation in VET programs has traditionally been stigmatized in various nations due to university courses, despite the fact that current economic and social shifts are shifting attitudes toward VET (Aldossari, 2020). Educational institutions at European level focus on developing techniques that give learners the opportunity to link academic learning with the knowledge and skills required for the learner’s career and therefore qualify them to become lifelong learners (Fung 2017, Rychen, 2016).
Do not overlook the fact that globalization and technological developments are modifying to the needs of employers, who are now searching for candidates with proven transversal skills or soft skills (adaptability, leadership, teamwork, clear communication in different languages, etc.). Studies conducted reveal a convergence between the competencies contained in the training programs and the employers’ prospects (Oria, 2013). Other research indicates that the importance of certain transversal talents may be evaluated differently by the various stakeholders in the educational process (Sá & Serpa, 2018, Renold et al, 2018).
According to other research, students recognize that their academic degrees do not adequately prepare them for their future work (European Commission, 2018, INEE, 2019, OIE, 2017). In conclusion, it is obvious that there is a need to rethink training programs, particularly the necessity of combining knowledge and skills.
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