The standing and status of vocational education and training in Denmark

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Looking at the current figures for enrolment and completion,
vocational education and training (VET) in Denmark is in a
bad way. Over the course of the last 15 years, significantly
fewer students have enrolled in VET, whereas enrolments in
general upper secondary education have increased.
Furthermore, approximately half the students enrolling in
VET do not complete the programme. This has been widely
interpreted as reflecting a loss of prestige for VET. This article
examines assumptions regarding the reasons for the low
standing and status of VET among young people that
inspired the initiatives comprising the 2014 reform of
Danish VET. It also summarises the findings of research on
the impact of these initiatives. Concluding that the 2014
reform has had no impact on either enrolment or completion
rates, the article provides a number of explanations for the
lack of effect; explanations that can be used to assess the
likelihood of success for current and future measures to
improve the standing and status of VET.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Pages (from-to)170-188
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

    Research areas

  • Standing, VET students, admission, pedagogy, reform, transition

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