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OECD Policy Reviews of Vocational Education and Training (VET)



Skills beyond School - Synthesis Report - Published on 13 November 2014

Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged? This report synthesises the findings of the series of  country reports done on skills beyond school.


  • Chapter 1. The hidden world of professional education and training
  • Chapter 2. Enhancing the profile of professional education and training
  • Chapter 3. Three key elements of high-quality post-secondary programmes
  • Chapter 4. Transparency in learning outcomes
  • Chapter 5. Clearer pathways for learners
  • Chapter 6. Key characteristics of effective vocational systems



The economies of OECD countries need specific occupational skills - in professional, managerial and technical jobs, in expanding fields such as health care, as well as in traditional trades like electricians. Vocational education and training (VET) systems, which supply these skills, are now under intensive scrutiny to determine if they can deliver the skills required, and ensure that they adapt to fast-changing needs. The OECD is tackling these challenges through two major thematic reviews – the completed Learning for Jobs which looked at initial VET, often at upper secondary level, and now Skills beyond School, which covers the postsecondary level.

The country studies published as part of these reviews are available here

See also:


Learning for Jobs

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