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 Research objectives

To better understand how vocational education is perceived and organised in a range of countries.

In this way, to inform the development of an international vocational education centretors.


  • Comprehensive desk research
  • Expert interviews to support desk research
  • Research conducted across 9 countries

 Conclusions & Insights

Vocational education is generally seen as the “poor relation” of other higher education avenues.

Several countries operate progressive policies to support vocational education, creating beneficial market conditions.

An international “hub” is needed, to develop best practice guidelines and facilitate developments in the sector.

Immediate: The desk research informed and instigated a quantitative survey of education professionals.

The need for an International Centre was verified, with Purple’s recommendations informing the development of the initiative.

The research results facilitated the development of best practice guidelines for the development and promotion of vocational education and training.