The Influence of Qualifications Frameworks on the Infrastructure of VET

  • Mike Coles
  • Patrick Werquin

It is likely that most vocational learning resulting from formal schooling is not officially recognized in qualifications. Informal and non-formal learning are probably the dominant forms of vocational education and training (VET). However, the recognition of learning through qualifications is probably dominant in shaping the formal VET system because qualifications are one of the most tangible outcomes of VET for people and enterprises. The financial and social returns to qualification levels are also widely appreciated. It is not surprising, therefore, that the ways in which qualifications are organized exert a powerful influence on the vocational learning system. In this chapter we examine the ways in which the existence of a qualifications framework influences several structural aspects of VET. These structural aspects include the management of the supply and demand for skills, the institutional arrangements, the financing of VET and the way the VET system interfaces with other learning systems and VET in other countries. Before this analysis begins, the diverse nature of qualifications frameworks is examined.


Lifelong Learning Training System Vocational Learning Quality Assurance Agency High Education Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Coles
    • 1
  • Patrick Werquin
    • 2
  1. 1.Qualifications and Curriculum AuthorityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentParisFrance

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