Conventional apprenticeships and older methods of professional training are not providing enough skilled workers - governments, companies and colleges are now using open and distance learning to fill these gaps.
Published in association with the Commonwealth of Learning, this unique review provides detailed analysis of worldwide experiences of vocational training and distance education. It looks at recent policy and practice at different levels - from transnational programmes and national policies to institutional and programme models.
Offering guidance on how distance education and new technologies are being used to support vocational education and training, this book will help senior institutional managers and policy makers to understand and appreciate:
* the role distance education can play in increasing skills levels in young people and the existing workforce
* the challenges in using educational technologies, and distance education to deliver vocational education and training
* how to devise effective policies to meet these challenges.
I - Vocational education across national borders
An organisational model for sub-Saharan Africa
Continuing professional development across borders
Transferring competencies across borders
II - National public policy programmes
The Australian flexible learning framework
Skills training in pacific countries
Further education and training in South Africa
III - Institutional models and frameworks
Institutional vocational education and training policy and programmes
Private sector models
Distance education for the workplace
IV - Conclusions