ERIC Number: ED351439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Vocational Training: Pitfalls to Avoid.
ILO Information, v20 n3 p1-2 Aug 1992
Global technological and demographic changes have established the need for vocational training and labor force development. The problems begin in defining the type of training needed, its effectiveness, how to fund it, and how to ensure benefits for the trainee, the employer, the national economy, and society. Four pitfalls to training should be avoided. The first is exclusive reliance on institutional systems, because the formal educational system is unable to create the exact conditions of the daily world of work. The second pitfall is the opposite: trusting only on-the-job or enterprise training, which restricts workers to training that is too narrow or employer specific. Third, training is deficient if restricted to its technical aspect alone. Nontechnical skills such as adaptability, independence, responsibility, communication ability and ability to learn how to learn are also necessary. The fourth pitfall is the lack of access to training programs by small businesses and independent workers. Collaborations between training institutions and small businesses, facilitated by public authorities and unions, can overcome this obstacle. The goal should be training and education program that combine, often in new ways, training in schools, training institutions, and enterprises and achieving a balance between general and specific training. (CML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).