Skills beyond school

Identifying and removing regulatory barriers



The issue and scope

Sometimes regulations established for other purposes can have the unintended consequence of creating obstacles to the effective use of work-based learning in school-based vocational programmes. For example, regulations governing participation in compulsory education may require students to be in school full-time. Employment regulations may restrict the scope for students to undertake work while at the workplace or students on work placement may not be covered by insurance for work accidents. Concerns can also exist related to the health and safety of students both in terms of their protection from industrial accidents and child safeguarding. Such barriers need to be identified and overcome (e.g. by creating a special contract for students in work placement) to ensure policy efforts to expand work-based learning opportunities are effective.  

Examples of policy questions explored

  • What are the most common regulatory barriers preventing provision of work placements?
  • How do they differ by the area of study?
  • Drawing on country experience how to overcome regulatory barriers?

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