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June 2010 Bibliography : p. 53-61

Learning for Jobs is an OECD study of vocational education and training (VET) designed to help countries make their VET systems more responsive to labour market needs. Austria has a well developed VET system with a strong dual component integrating learning in schools and workplace training and involving the social partners in design and delivery. The system caters for a broad range of needs and helps to keep youth unemployment low. At the same time the Austrian system confronts several challenges, including a structural anomaly at 9th grade imposing a double transition on some students. Given the large number of individually defined qualifications, more attention could be paid to providing sufficient broad basic skills and good quality career guidance to all. There are some concerns with quality assurance of apprenticeship training and workshop-based dual program potentially reducing incentives for employers to provide apprenticeships. The OECD review assesses the main challenges faced by the VET system and presents an interconnected package of policy recommendations. For each recommendation, the report describes the challenge, the recommendation itself, supporting arguments, and issues of implementation.

Learning for Jobs OECD Reviews of VET_Austria_KHoeckel.pdf


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