Transitions from vocational education to employment in the Nordic countries

Christian Helms Jørgensen, Anna Hagen Tønder

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This chapter examines how the systems of initial vocational education and training (VET-systems) in four Nordic countries connect to the labour market, and how they support the students’ transition to employment. It employs a conceptual lens of three different coordination regimes: state planning, market-based regulation and institutionalised negotiation. In addition, it compares the organisation of young peoples’ educational choice and the selection process in the students’ transitions to work and examines employment protection in the four countries. Finally, it compares attempts to revive apprenticeships and discusses why these attempts only have been successful in two of the four countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVocational Education in the Nordic Countries : Learning from Diversity
EditorsChristian Helms Jørgensen, Ole Johnny Olsen, Daniel Persson Thunqvist
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date15 May 2018
ISBN (Print)9781138219809
ISBN (Electronic)9781315414492
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2018
SeriesRoutledge Research in International and Comparative Education

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