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Trends in Vocational Education & Training

With the increasing demand for more and more skilled workers, businesses around the globe have essentially helped create a resurgence and renewed enthusiasm for technical and vocational education and training. This article begins to examine a few of the trends taking place in the overall market, and more specifically how it affects trade schools, the students attending them, and the employers that hire the eventual certificate and degree holders.

Vocational education as a whole is an incredibly diverse and detailed topic, involving research from a wide variety of sources and references to much more specific topics on occupational programs, training, and career paths. While it's far too much to even begin to get into here, more detailed information is available at numerous online resources. For a few examples of just what is out there visit a few of the following sites:

Vocational educators around the country believe trade schools are making a strong comeback because many businesses have a desperate need for skilled workers. Many of today's high school graduates and students are learning to be computer science professionals, chefs, graphic designers, mechanics, engineers, nurses and so forth. And while more and more students are entering the workforce with a degree, most lack the hands-on skills necessary to just jump right in without additional on the job training.

There are numerous highly educated people who have obtained a valuable education from books and courses, but a great many of these people have not had the opportunity to apply what they've learned first hand in a work environment. These people may be very intelligent with a great deal of long-term promise, but they are not really able to offer all that much to most companies out of the gate. Therefore, most gains are not realized by employers until the new hires have successfully learned how to apply their newfound knowledge. For employers, this can mean delays of months and even years before they can begin to see a return on their investments, not something any business wants if it can be avoided.

In order to meet these increasing demands businesses are placing on those entering today's highly specialized workforce, career and technical educators are beginning to employ a variety of strategies and techniques for teaching both specialized and generic skills. Most of these skills cannot be learned through traditional books and instruction methods. Therefore, educators are essentially starting to focus more on training for employability, opposed to the typical knowledge based education or degree. For more information about higher education visit The Advantage of a College Degree for further information.

With all these changing requirements, students are now beginning to get more and more opportunity to learn not only standard book knowledge, but how to apply that knowledge, get an actual chance to apply that knowledge in many cases, how to interact and be productive in the workplace, and how to be trained for the environment they will soon be working in. As more vocational schools, colleges, and universities begin to adopt these types of expanded educational programs everyone wins. The schools will continue to grow and expand enrollment, and the workforce, employers, and society as a whole will ultimately be in a position to get more productive, faster, and everyone involved will benefit.


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