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Vocational education - stigmatised sector

Vocational education - stigmatised sector

Young people across Europe believe a “stigma” is attached to vocational education, despite accepting that it can be more useful for finding work than an academic route. A major report on youth employment on the Continent says that this bias is dissuading young people from taking the best routes to the jobs they want, particularly as employers are increasingly demanding vocational skills to fill the growing proportion of higher-skilled jobs in the market. The result, according to the report, is a severe “skills mismatch”.  The findings are revealed in a survey of 5,300 young people, 2,600 employers and 700 post-secondary education providers across eight European Union member states by management consultancy McKinsey.

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