ERIC Number: ED328739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-1
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Responding to Diverse Needs of Changing Economies.
Johanson, Richard K.
Among the most important needs of changing economies is the need to respond to technological changes, economic restructuring, and labor market changes. Although formal vocational training schools do not usually respond well to changing economic circumstances, nonformal and proprietary or private institutions usually are highly responsive to the economy and labor market. Public vocational training should become more responsive to changes; five suggestions are given that could help the system respond. Some issues still to be resolved about the role of public vocational education include the following: How can the public sector promote training within enterprises? How can mass retraining be made effective? What role can training play in channeling women into nontraditional occupations? Should proprietary training be directed and controlled? What can existing training institutions offer to the informal sector in developing countries? and How should traditional apprenticeship be encouraged? The International Labour Office can play a role in helping vocational education systems to become more responsive through its some 140 projects throughout the world in subjects such as instructor training, development of modular training, and development of apprenticeship and by providing advice on retraining, management development, and entrepreneurship. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: International Labour Office
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (Cincinnati, OH, December 1, 1990).