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Improving the image of TVET

Despite the benefits of TVET on personal, professional and national development, it remains a relatively unattractive option to young people compared to, for example, academic education. Education systems in many developing countries, in particular, have TVET often placed as a second choice or "second rate" education.

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  • Understand the factors influencing the image of TVET, and the impact this image has on individuals/business/society
  • Appreciate some of the factors and challenges impacting the decision of young people when choosing their career/education path
  • Identify suitable measures that can help improve the image of TVET in their context
  • Establish how to assess the impact of measures to improve the image of TVET


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Dr Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and a National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. After a career in garment manufacturing, Dr Billett has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes.


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