Does vocational education give a labour market advantage over the whole career? A comparison of the United Kingdom and Switzerland
|Title||Does vocational education give a labour market advantage over the whole career? A comparison of the United Kingdom and Switzerland|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal||LIVES Working Paper|
|Keywords||apprenticeship, earnings, employment, life course, Switzerland, United Kingdom, vocational education and training|
Research suggests that vocational education and training (VET) tends to reduce youth unemployment by providing specific skills, thus smoothing the transition from education to work. However, we still know relatively little about whether vocational education provides higher employment rate and wages over the entire working trajectory than holders of lower education: after several years of experience, both groups may indeed have similar skills and thus similar situations on the labour market. We compare the situation in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, two countries sharing a tradition of vocational education but which differ in the specificity and standardisation of their VET system.