Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy

Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy Lessons from Four Countries

Edited by Marc S. Tucker, Foreword by Robert B. Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman
cloth, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-390-1
Price: $66.00

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paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-389-5
Price: $34.00

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Vocational Education and Training for a Global Economy investigates the greatly varying ways in which four countries—Singapore, Switzerland, China, and the United States—prepare young people for the twenty-first-century workplace. The book looks first at the highly successful vocational education and training (VET) systems in Singapore and Switzerland, describing them in revealing detail and accounting for the assumptions and social arrangements that account for their unique features. It then turns to the two largest—and arguably the most dynamic—nations in the world, China and the United States, and examines the differing conditions, goals, and arrangements that have affected their respective programs for preparing their citizens for present and future work.


The United States needs a new approach to preparing our young people for lasting success in lifelong education and career. This provocative book offers valuable insights from other countries. It also underscores that the most likely pathway will be uniquely American. We just have to figure it out. — Gary Hoachlander, president, ConnectED: The National Center for College and Career

Workers must be able to move easily between learning and earning over the course of their lives. Governments must respond to those needs by reinventing their educational systems, creating pathways to shared prosperity for all their citizens. Policy makers, legislators, and business leaders ready to meet that challenge could find no better starting point than this book. — Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America

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About the Editor

Marc S. Tucker is president/CEO emeritus and distinguished senior fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy and editor of Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.

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