Handbook of Vocational Education and Training

Developments in the Changing World of Work

  • Simon McGrath
  • Martin Mulder
  • Joy Papier
  • Rebecca Suart
Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Aurora Lopez-Fogues, Rosario Scandurra
  2. Murari Suvedi, Ramjee Ghimire
  3. Vidmantas Tūtlys, Jonathan Winterton, Giuseppe Tacconi
  4. Heta Rintala, Petri Nokelainen, Laura Pylväs
  5. Tatiana Dobrydina, Nadezhda Usvyat, Tatiana Shipilova
  6. Joyceline Alla-Mensah, Haya Fakoush, Simon McGrath, Volker Wedekind
  7. Christof Nägele, Barbara E. Stalder

About this book


This handbook brings together and promotes research on the area of vocational education and training (VET). It analyzes current and future economic and labor market trends and relates these to likely implications for vocational education and training. It questions how VET engages with the growing power of human development approaches and with the sustainable development agenda. Equity and inclusion are discussed in a range of ways by the authors and the consideration of the construction of these terms is an important element of the handbook. It further addresses both the overall notion of system reform, at different scales, and what is known about particular technologies of systems reform across a variety of settings. Vocational learning and VET teacher/trainer education are discussed from a comparative perspective. National and comparative experiences are also shared on questions of equity and efficiency in funding in terms of those that fund and are funded, and for a range of funding methodologies. As well as reviewing existing gaps, this handbook is looking forward in identifying promising new directions in research and environment.

Areas covered:

The Changing World of Work | Editors: Margarita Pavlova and Salim Akoojee

Skills for Sustainable Human Development | Editor: Lesley Powell

Planning and Reforming Skills Systems | Editor: Robert Palmer

Private Training Markets | Editors: Michael Gessler, Larissa Freund and Susanne Peters

Vocational Learning | Editors: Karen Evans and Natasha Kersh

Competence and Excellence | Editor: Kirby Barrick

Measuring Learning and Instructional Performance | Editor: Esther Winther

Supporting Learners | Editor: Joy Papier

VET Teacher/Trainer Education | Editor: Volker Wedekind


vocational education and training VET vocational learning skills for sustainable development skills systems private training markets competency assessment VET teachers VET trainers VET teacher education skills development capabilties approach

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon McGrath
    • 1
  • Martin Mulder
    • 2
  • Joy Papier
    • 3
  • Rebecca Suart
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of Nottingham School of EducationNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Education and Competence Studies GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationUniversity of the Western Cape Faculty of EducationBellvilleSouth Africa
  4. 4.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49789-1