Vocational education and training, Strategic planning, Unfounded myths, Through‐train education, External accreditation
As elsewhere, vocational education and training (VET) has a poor image in Hong Kong. To remove the stigma, the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong embarked on pro‐active strategic planning to make it more relevant and cost‐effective, exposed long and widely held myths that VET is for dullards which leads only to low‐paid and low‐status jobs, provided a through‐train education system to ensure that VET is no longer an educational cul‐de‐sac, and sought external accreditation aggressively. Though it is early days, there is strong evidence that these strategies have worked.
Journal of Education and Work
Lim, D. (2008). Enhancing the quality of VET in Hong Kong: recent reforms and new initiatives in widening participation in tertiary qualifications. Journal of Education and Work, 21 (1), 25-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080801957246