The future of Vocational education – learning from the Nordic countries (Nord-VET)

The purpose of the project is to generate significant new knowledge on the strengths and weaknesses of the diverging model of vocational education and training (VET) level in the Nordic countries (in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden). The starting point of this project is that the Nordic countries have different models of vocational education but they share a number of dilemmas for the future development of VET. All Nordic countries have developed well organised labour markets, consensual political cultures, and universalistic welfare states that have given priority to create equal opportunities and social inclusion. The project will take an interdisciplinary and problem-oriented approach and apply a comparative methodology in a study of the historical trajectories of national systems of VET, a policy study of current reforms and comparative case studies of selected occupations. The project is funded by NordForsk and coordinated by the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

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