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Vocational Education and Training in Estonia

In series:OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Trainingview more titles

Published on March 28, 2019

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One of a series of studies on vocational education and training, this review assesses the vocational education and training (VET) in Estonia and provides policy recommendations.Estonia does very well in terms of student achievement on PISA, and the results from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) are also excellent. Unemployment levels are low. But despite recent reforms, VET remains relatively low status compared to general education, dropout rates are too high for comfort, and apprenticeships, despite recent efforts, fail to attract many young people. Suggested approaches to improve VET in Estonia include the expansion of work-based learning within all VET programmes and measures to increase the number of apprentices. Tackling dropout should be done by a set of complementary measures, including support in basic skills for those students lagging behind. Building pathways between VET and general education options can help improve the status of VET. More and better career guidance, especially before the key grade 9 transition point, is also needed.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Overview: Reforms and challenges in the Estonian vocational education and training system
Developing the foundations of the vocational education and training system in Estonia
Pathways and progression for vocational education and training graduates in Estonia
Strengthening career guidance in Estonia
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