Research objectives

In this context, the project addresses the following scientific and research questions:

  • Are educational and training systems flexible enough to adequately respond to different and changing needs?
  • How efficient and successful are the systems (for advising and informing) and can we set up a successful model which can be implemented across the countries?
  • What are young people’s perceptions of the VET systems and how do they view their future possibilities for career building and mobility?
  • How are ICT solutions being implemented in vocational education programmes and which ICT tools can be used in these programmes to make the studies more appealing and to better prepare students for work?

The above-mentioned objectives will be reflected in the following main project results:

  1. the final report for the Commission;
  2. a series of scientific working papers;
  3. a supporting webpage;
  4. the publication of good practices from the network; and
  5. workshops.

To answer these questions, we propose a project that would analyse the following factors impacting the perception and building of a career within the vocational system:

  • the motivation to enrol in higher and post-secondary education;
  • the system for informing and advising on all education levels;
  • perceptions of the prestige of vocational graduates' status;
  • perceptions of social (in)equality with respect to other upper secondary education profiles;
  • understanding of the Bologna features and a comparison of pupils' perceptions, behaviour and intentions related to actual/desired strategic features;
  • identification of misunderstandings concerning the role and perception of vocational education;
  • perceptions, intentions and attitudes regarding pupils' further education and professional careers in other EU countries;
  • perceptions of the attractiveness, advantages and disadvantages of the vocational system;
  • the use of ICT in VET; and
  • ways of creating improvement and removing barriers.