The social benefits of initial vocational education and training for individuals in Europe

Sabates, Ricardo, Salter, Emma and Obolenskaya, Polina (2012) The social benefits of initial vocational education and training for individuals in Europe. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 64 (3). pp. 233-244. ISSN 1363-6820

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Abstract

This paper investigates the social benefits of initial vocational education and training (VET) for individuals in different European contexts. Drawing on data from the European Community Household Panel, results show that initial VET is associated with positive changes in social outcomes for individuals across Europe. Health benefits were mainly found in egalitarian contexts such as Sweden whereas benefits in terms of civic participation were mainly found in countries that reward participation in civil society such as Sweden and Austria or where participation in voluntary activities may be seen as an insurance to avoid falling into unemployment, for instance in Italy, Greece, and Spain. Overall, the benefits of initial VET for individuals are possibly where there are institutional factors that support the formation of these benefits.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: initial vocational education and training, Europe, social benefits, quantitative
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB0005 General
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Depositing User: Ricardo Sabates
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 12:41
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 11:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40146
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