13/11/2014 - Countries should step up their efforts to improve the quality of post-secondary vocational training in order to meet the changing needs of today’s job market, according to a new OECD report.
Skills Beyond School: Synthesis Report says that most basic vocational courses cannot teach the higher level skills needed in an increasing number of jobs in fast-growing sectors, such as healthcare technicians and junior managers.
In the United States, for example, it is estimated that one third of all vacancies by 2018 will call for some post-secondary qualification, but not necessarily the completion of a four-year degree.
But while some countries have thriving post-secondary vocational sectors, others have found it difficult to find a place for shorter one-or two-year programmes in competition with better known academic qualifications.
England and Northern Ireland stand out as countries where, relative both to other countries and to potential demand, there is limited provision of postsecondary vocational training, potentially leading to a shortage of mid-level skills.
Professional education and training* qualifications
Percentage of adults aged 20-45 who have short-cycle postsecondary vocational education and training as their highest qualification
For comment or further information, journalists should contact OECD Skills analyst Simon Field.
For more information on the OECD’s Skills Beyond School: Synthesis Report, see: http://www.oecd.org/edu/innovation-education/skillsbeyondschool.htm.
The report, based on reviews of 20 countries of which the latest review of the Netherlands is published today, is part of the wider OECD programme of work on skills, marshalled under the Skills Strategy and including the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). This programme aims to help countries to build and use skills in the interests of all their citizens. See http://skills.oecd.org