CDE recently commissioned research on the international experience of vocationally-oriented education relevant to South Africa.
As the third edition of the Building on What Works in Education series, the paper summarises what needs to be done to strengthen vocationally-oriented education in South Africa.
Vocationally-oriented education exposes school leavers to engineering, technological, electrical, building related, agricultural and other occupations, but they need further post-school training before they can enter the labour market.
The research indicates that, in the light of South Africa’s critical need for technical and artisan skills and the historical stigmatisation of vocational education, the country needs new policies.
These should make vocationally-oriented education (through specialist ‘focus schools’ or through general secondary schools) a much more attractive option within a system of diversified education provision