ERIC Number: ED247398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Vocational and Technical Education: Current Trends and Future Prospects. Research Report 84-03.
Stennett, R. G.
Material relating to technical and vocational education in Ontario and Canada is either difficult to locate or simply not available. A short series of generalizations can be supported by the limited number of papers available and by American studies located by a relatively cursory search of the ERIC database. The absence of adequate, current databases, the increasingly rapid changes in economic conditions and technology, and the changing character of the work force make the task of producing reasonable, accurate projections of labor demand extremely difficult. The rapid growth and use of high technology is likely to reduce the skill requirements of many jobs and thus reduce the demand for many skilled occupations. The changing nature of work will place a higher premium on an education that emphasizes various thinking and interpersonal skills than specific skill training. Apprenticeships and employer-provided training programs continue to be very limited in Canada. Continuing education systems are essential to allow individuals to train, retrain, and upgrade throughout their entire working lives. In planning vocational and technical education, special attention should be given to the needs of small businesses that employ about half of the work force and to the provision of entrepreneurship education. (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Employment Projections, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Literature Reviews, Retraining, Secondary Education, Small Businesses, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Board of Education (Ontario). Educational Research Services.