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Vocational training courses

Vocational training and education can be received in vocational schools in order to equip participants with the underpinning knowledge, competence, tools, skills, techniques relevant to technology and science, in order to fill the requirements for a specific field of work or the features of a particular trade in the labour market. Vocational training is also known as procedural knowledge.

This education system has three different stages recognised as the secondary, post-secondary and further or higher education level. These experience and qualifications act as credits in academic institutes in the case of tertiary education.

Benefits of vocational training

Vocational means ‘work-related’ which means it will accentuate only on the required skills of work and not generic knowledge. This will help in finding jobs and being qualified for it as the expertise required are covered in these courses.  Vocational training courses also give practical skills to enhance knowledge. Vocational training has the qualities to provide the same amount of education as a degree, so it will act as an alternate option for traditional methods of learning giving the same amount of personal advancement scope. Putting it to practice is easier in the case of vocational courses than conventional learning method as candidates have the benefit of starting work faster and working while learning. Vocational courses can even be taken beside traditional courses acting as a complementary method of learning.

Availability of vocational training courses

These courses are available in a variety of institutions, schools, colleges, universities and studio schools. In-house courses are also available along with new-age learning method through the internet termed as e-learning. There are many online vocational courses and massive open online courses available. These may have economic costs to be incurred or may be free of cost. Due to its valuable traits, these are sometimes publicly funded or subsidised.

Vocational training standards in the UK

In the UK, vocational courses are becoming increasingly popular as the government is taking initiatives to increase vocational training. Awards and accolades are introduced to provide incentives and augment education by education council during the 1970s. The number of participants also increased in the current years. As vocational education is linked with apprenticeship, increasing skill level and specialisation of labour market in their specific fields, it is seen as the highest level of work-based training. Apprenticeships are available in three levels known as intermediate level apprenticeships, advanced level apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships.

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