Employability: Is Vocational Education Better?

By Glenda Quintini.   Vocational education and training are highly valued by many. In 2010, the European Ministers for Vocational Education and Training, the European Social Partners and the European Commission issued the Bruges Communiqué, which describes the global vision for VET in Europe 2020. In this vision, vocational skills and competencies are considered as … More Employability: Is Vocational Education Better?

The psychologist at the call centre and the mathematician on the trading floor: the many facets of field of study mismatch

By Guillermo Montt and Glenda Quintini   The young psychology graduate working at a call centre or the mathematician making a fortune as a trader: we have all heard these stories or some version of them. But just how frequent are these situations and what are the consequences for the individuals involved is unknown? The … More The psychologist at the call centre and the mathematician on the trading floor: the many facets of field of study mismatch

Skills support high levels of employment in good quality jobs

Skills significantly increase an individual’s chances of being employed; and, conditional on being in employment, increase the chances of being in a productive and rewarding job. The Survey of Adult Skills (2012) shows that the proportion of adults working increases with the level of proficiency in literacy, and both unemployment and inactivity decrease the higher … More Skills support high levels of employment in good quality jobs