Employer views on upper-secondary vocational graduate competences

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Löfgren , S , Ilomäki , L & Toom , A 2020 , ' Employer views on upper-secondary vocational graduate competences ' , Journal of Vocational Education and Training , vol. 72 , no. 3 , pp. 435-460 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2019.1635633

Title: Employer views on upper-secondary vocational graduate competences
Author: Löfgren, Sami; Ilomäki, Liisa; Toom, Auli
Contributor organization: Department of Education
The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)
Technology in Education Research Group
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: Journal of Vocational Education and Training
ISSN: 1363-6820
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2019.1635633
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326221
Abstract: To become employed, upper-secondary vocational graduates need adequate competences that correspond with the needs of working life, particularly with the expectations of their potential employers. However, research on the necessary competences of upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) students is limited. This study examined what competences technical-trade employers expect of initial vocational education (IVET) graduates, which competences stand out in recruitment and what kind of experiences the employers had on the competences of their recent apprentices and novice employees. The study was conducted in the metropolitan area of Southern Finland. Ten representatives of employers offering apprenticeships for technical-trade IVET students were interviewed. The data consisted of interview transcriptions that were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The findings indicate that graduates' motivational, attitudinal and social competences contribute to businesses' employment decisions but only when the graduates have shown potential for vocational development as well. The findings further suggest that when graduating, young people possess adequate competences to a varying degree and some of them are insufficiently prepared.
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VET and the labour market
Vocational education & training
learning in life & work transitions
policy issues
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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