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Mapping of VET Educational Policies & Practice for Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion

Conducted on behalf of: European Training Foundation

Commenced: September 2012

Project context

Profound economic and societal changes in the Western Balkans and Turkey have resulted in great inequalities in the access to and participation in education, training and employment – a situation shared by Israel’s minorities and vulnerable groups. Skill mismatches have emanated as a consequence of these structural changes, giving rise to the long term unemployment, poverty and social exclusion of young people and older workers alike.

Although skill mismatches should ideally be addressed by vocational education and training (VET), national systems have failed to provide this vital function. In omitting to equip the most disadvantaged workers with appropriate skills they have also failed to fulfil their role of supporting social inclusion (at an individual level) and social cohesion (at a societal level). This situation has prompted the European Training Foundation to launch a regional intervention in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Israel (WBTI) to deal with linkages between VET and social inclusion.

Objectives of the project

The team will conduct research in order to examine the underlying causes of social exclusion in vocational education and generate new evidence for future policy actions adapted to the challenges facing the WBTI region.The main aim of the research will be to provide national stakeholders with suggestions to establish policies and practices to enhance the role of VET and its contributions to the promotion of skills, socialization, civic values, social inclusion and social cohesion.

Research team

Dr Will Bartlett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe at LSE. 

Dr Claire Gordon is a Teaching Fellow at the European Institute and Department of Government at LSE.

Dr. Simona Milio is Associate Director of the Economic and Social Cohesion Unit, based at LSE Enterprise.

Marina Cino Pagliarello is a PhD candidate in European Political Economy at LSE.