The future of vocational education - learning from the Nordic countries

The Nordic countries differ in how they manage the key dilemma of providing double access to the labour market and to higher education in vocational education and training.

As the Nordic countries exhibit significant differences in their models of vocational education and training, yet are characterised by similar societal contexts, they provide unique opportunities for comparative research. How do the different approaches in handling the double access impact social reproduction, inclusion and the esteem of vocational education? This project takes a comparative approach by examining the similarities and differences in vocational education learning across the Nordic countries.

The key issues to be considered are: How do the Nordic countries balance employability with maintaining open access to universities; ensure esteem for vocational education and training and apprenticeships; develop effective social inclusion practices in vocational education and training and associated pathways; and manage the trade-offs and compromises between these different options?

Facts about the project
Project manager

Christian Helms Jørgensen, Roskilde Universitet, Danmark
cjhj@ruc.dk

Project website
http://nord-vet.dk/
Duration
2013-2016

Participating countries

Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden