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Finnish vocational education and training in comparison: strengths and weaknesses

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Virolainen, Maarit; Stenström, Marja-Leena

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Abstract The study investigates how the Finnish model of providing initial vocational education and training (IVET) has succeeded in terms of enhancing educational progress and employability. A relatively high level of participation in IVET makes the Finnish model distinctive from those of three other Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All four Nordic countries have wellorganised labour markets and universal types of welfare states. Priority is given to goals related to equal opportunities and social inclusion. At the same time, these countries have different models of IVET. While the study compares the Finnish model of organising IVET to those of other Nordic countries, it also examines the German and UK models, which represent differing societal approaches to IVET. The differences in the outcomes of the IVET systems are described and analysed through reviewing secondary data provided by Eurydice and Eurostat, along with country reports produced in a Nordic comparative project, Nord-VET.
Keywords Finland; inclusion; social inequality; equality; vocational education; employability; labor market; labor market policy; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; educational opportunity; university level of education; university admission; training opportunities; participation in education
Classification Labor Market Research; Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology; Sociology of Education
Free Keywords Comparative study; educational trends; initial vocational education and training; level of employment
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 81-106
Journal International journal for research in vocational education and training, 1 (2014) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.2.1
ISSN 2197-8646
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works