Monday, October 10, 2011


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


European Commission

Special Eurobarometer 369


Attitudes towards vocational education and training [September 2011]

[full-text, 219 pages]



...this Eurobarometer survey sets out to gauge the opinion of European

citizens about vocational education and training in 2011 to help inform the work of the

European Commission and Member States as they begin to implement the new VET

strategy. It sets out to assess the image of vocational education and training, and

people’s impression of VET’s potential benefits within the EU. It evaluates the impact of

VET on society and on the economy, and looks at the factors that influence young people

as they choose between VET and other forms of education.


In the course of this survey, 26,840 European citizens aged 15 and above were

interviewed about VET by the TNS Opinion & Social network between the 4th and the 19th

June 2011 in all 27 European Union Member States7, as requested by the European

Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture....



The key findings of this Eurobarometer survey include:


- 47% of European respondents have taken VET in the past or are doing so



- 71% of the Europeans think that VET has a positive image in their country.


- European citizens overwhelmingly believe that VET is relevant: 82% say that

people in vocational education and training acquire skills that are needed by



- VET is also widely understood to offer high-quality learning, with 75% of

respondents believing this to be the case.


- Over half (55%) of all respondents believe that VET leads to jobs which are well

paid, with 72% of respondents thinking that VET offers good career opportunities.


- The economic benefits of VET are accepted by most of European society, with

83% of people saying that VET contributes positively to the economy of their



- Approximately half of EU citizens (52%) think that young people receive enough

advice concerning their learning and career opportunities from schools and

employment services.


- While family and schools remain the most used sources of guidance when

choosing an educational path, the internet and social online networks are

increasingly influential.


- In spite of the perceived benefits of VET, a relative majority of respondents say

that they would recommend general secondary or higher education to a young

person who is finishing compulsory education rather than VET, by a margin of

34% to 32%.


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