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ERIC Number: ED507126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 60
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 157
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9214-1309-4
New Directions in European Vocational Education and Training Policy and Practice: Lessons for Australia. A National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation Program Report
Harris, Roger; Simons, Michele; Maher, Katie
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
In light of recent developments in educational policy and the positioning of vocational education and training (VET) across the European Union, it was timely to explore these new directions and the lessons for Australian VET. A striking feature both in the European Union and Australia is the wide scope of issues that governments are addressing and the role they envisage for VET. The nine most common themes: higher education and VET inter-relationships; validation of non-formal and informal learning; access, inclusiveness and learner engagement; development of VET teachers; adult and continuing education; retention and guidance services; employer engagement and the role of social partners; and key competencies for lifelong learning and higher-level apprenticeships. A list of emergent themes in recent European literature is appended. (Contains 5 tables.) [Funding for this report was provided through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia