Although equivalence between vocational and higher education is a pressing policy endeavour, the objective remains unachieved in reality. More young people than ever are opting to embark upon higher education courses since they believe these will open up better employment prospects. The recognition hurdles at the transition from vocational education and training to university-level education indicate the lack of permeability between the two sub-systems. Differences in the way in which qualifications are utilised are apparent on the labour market too.
This issue of BWP looks at the multi-layered nature of the topic. It identifies reasons for persisting differences and illustrates possible ways in which these can be overcome.