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Formal education and training

Parent terms: Formal training, Education

Training that is given in an orderly, logical, planned and systematic manner in a specially equipped workshop under the guidance of a qualified trainer for a specific period of time in the specified field.
Source: NCVER 2013, Australia
Education or training provided in educational institutions, such as schools, universities, colleges, or off-the-job in a workplace, usually involving direction from a teacher or instructor.
Source: UNEVOC/NCVER 2009, Global
Learning that occurs within an organized and structured context and which is provided in Educational Institutions such as Universities, Colleges, Schools or provided as Off-the-Job Education and Training in Enterprises’ Training Centres (In-company Training Centres) and Workplaces and usually involving direction from a trainer or instructor or teacher and may lead to a formal recognition (diploma, certificate).
Source: Wahba 2013, Global
Education provided in the system of schools, colleges, universities and other formal educational institutions that normally constitutes a continuous ‘ladder’ of full-time education for children and young people, generally beginning at age five to seven and continuing up to 20 or 25 years old.

In some countries, the upper parts of this ‘ladder’ are constituted by organized programmes of joint part-time employment and part-time participation in the regular school and university system: such programmes have come to be known as the ‘dual system’ or equivalent terms in these countries.
Source: UNESCO UIS (ISCED) 1997, UN
(Formal education) Education that is institutionalised, intentional and planned through public organizations and recognised private bodies and -in their totality- constitute the formal education system of a country. Formal education programmes are thus recognised as such by the relevant national education authorities or equivalent authorities, e.g any other institution in cooperation with the national or sub-national education authorities. Formal education consists mostly of initial education. Vocational education, special needs education and some parts of adult education are often recognised as being part of the formal education system.
Source: UNESCO UIS 2011, Global
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 Informal education and training, Non-formal education



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