In this yearâ€™s annual Education at a Glance report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that students participating in â€œvocational educationâ€ have much higher employment rates (8.5 percent) than their general education peers. Based on these and other findings, the OECD report concluded that â€œInvestments in vocational education is money well spent in most countries.â€
The report examines various aspects of education across the globe, including educational output and the impact of learning, investments in education, and the organization of schools.
A chapter of this yearâ€™s report delves into labor market outcomes between general education and â€œvocational or technical educationâ€ through a pilot study of several countries, not including the United States. Still, the findings made clear that Career Technical Education (CTE) is an often-used strategy for preparing students around the world for high-demand careers.
Findings from the reportâ€™s analysis section include:
- Vocational education and training is chosen by an average of around 50 percent of students in upper secondary education
- Pre-vocational and vocational graduation rates are over 70 percent in Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Switzerland
- Across upper secondary vocational programs in the countries examined, over half of boys graduated from engineering, manufacturing and construction programs. One-third of girls studied social sciences, business, and law, followed closely by health industries and service occupations
- About one-third of the adult population across these countries attained a vocational upper secondary education
- Young, vocationally-educated individuals have substantially higher employment rates (8.5 percentage points) than their counterparts with a general education
Click here to view this yearâ€™s report. CTE-specific information begins on page 33.
Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst