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Vocational education and training (VET) as a career path for young people: making choices in England and Denmark

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  • Natasha Kersh, University of London Institute of Education, United Kingdom
  • Ida Juul
This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the issues of perceptions and motivations of young people towards Vocational Education and Training (VET) in England and Denmark. It specifically focuses on factors that facilitate their either positive or negative attitudes. Complex interdependencies between the labour market, young people’s occupational choices, and career routes have been a focus of policy concern, discussions and research across European countries. VET, as a pathway for young people to a career, has been and continues to be open to wide interpretation and debate. The situation in most European countries is being characterised by a lack of parity of esteem, which relates to the perceptions of VET systems as the second-best choice, compared to academic routes. Enhancing the status and profile of the VET system is therefore a concern that has received much recognition in literature and policy papers on both national and European levels. This research paper draws on the findings from the ‘Experiencing Inequalities’ project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) carried out under the auspices of the ESRC Research Centre: Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES).
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationLondon
PublisherLLAKES Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesLLAKES research papers

    Research areas

  • Erhvervsuddannelse, Motivation, Internationale komparative undersøgelser

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