Directorate for Education and Skills

Informal Meeting of OECD Education Ministers on Vocational Education and Training


OECD Education Ministers met informally in Copenhagen under the chairmanship of Bertel Haarder, Danish Minister for Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs on 22 and 23 January to discuss vocational education and training.  Secretary General Angel Gurría gave an opening presentation and Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy, United States delivered the keynote address. The discussions, opened by Bertel Haarder, were wide-ranging, covering matters such as rapidly changing labour markets, the need to improve the quality of vocational education and cooperation between the OECD and the European Commission.

  • OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría emphasised the importance of vocational training and education, and highlighted the OECD’s role in developing policies and identifying best practices in these areas. He noted key issues related to vocational education and training – namely the service economy; migration and inclusion; boundaries between vocational education and training; general education and work; and the status of vocational education and training.
Future Directions in Vocational and Technical Education in Australia
  • Ministerial Statement to the Informal Meeting of OECD Education Ministers on Vocational Education and Training by The Honourable Gary Hardgrave, Minister for Vocational and Technical Education,  Australia

Parity of Esteem and Quality

  • Introductory Statement by the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research - Andreas Stor
Chair's Summary


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