ERIC Number: ED213979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
Policy Statement on the Need for a Continuing Strong Federal Role in Vocational Education.
National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.
A strong vocational education program is essential for national economic recovery and growth. It is in the national interest to ensure that vocational education programs are of sufficient scope and quality to meet national skilled workforce requirements and alleviate the critical shortages of trained workers facing business, industry, and the Armed Forces. A national human resource policy should be designed to complement a larger policy of economic revitalization and new capital investment. Federal initiative and encouragement is needed not only to coordinate program planning at all government levels but also to ensure a close partnership between vocational education and the private sector. Without federal leadership and commitment another national priority, access to quality programs for the disadvantaged, handicapped, and other special populations, is also in jeopardy. The Federal Government should allocate more funds to support vocational education and training programs to (1) prepare entry workers, (2) provide skill updating, (3) retrain the unemployed, (4) assist those entering the labor market later in life, and (5) custom train individuals for employment with industries locating in the community. Skills and knowledge developed through these programs should be current, consistent with present and future labor market needs, complementary to national priority needs, and transportable. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Economic Progress, Educational Finance, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Policy, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Retraining, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.