Vocational Education and Training in Times of Economic Crisis

Lessons from Around the World

  • Matthias Pilz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. International Comparative Studies

  3. Asia (Including India and Excluding China)

  4. China

  5. United States of America (USA)

  6. Europe

  7. Theoretical/Conceptual

About this book


This book brings together a broad range of approaches and methodologies relevant to international comparative vocational education and training (VET). Revealing how youth in transition is affected by economic crises, it provides essential insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the various systems and prospects of VET in contexts ranging from North America to Europe, (e.g. Spain, Germany or the UK) to Asia (such as China, Thailand and India). 

Though each country examined in this volume is affected by the economic crisis in a different way, the effects are especially apparent for the young generation. In many countries the youth unemployment rate is still very high and the job perspectives for young people are often limited at best.  The contributions in this volume demonstrate that VET alone cannot solve these problems, but can be used to support a smooth transition from school to work. If the quality of VET is high and the status and job expectations are good, VET can help to fill the skills gap, especially at the intermediate skill level. Furthermore, VET can also offer a realistic alternative to the university track for young people in many countries.


Apprenticeship Capability Competence Disadvantaged youth Enterprise school cooperation Higher education Informal sector Job entrants Labour market transitions Low-skilled adults Policy transfer Public private partnerships Skills development TVET VET VET teachers Vocational education Vocational knowledge Vocational teachers Young workers

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Pilz
    • 1
  1. 1.German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T)University of CologneKölnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47854-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47856-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1871-3041
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-221X
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