Comparative overview of institutional arrangements in selected country case studies

Eichhorst W, Hadjivassiliou K, Rickard C, Swift S, Wozney F | Style Working Papers D3.4 | CROME, University of Brighton | Aug 2016

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This report presents the findings from research conducted for the STYLE project on behalf of the European Commission. Researchers from IES and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZO) compared institutional school to work (STW) transitions, including their use of vocational education and training as a method to facilitate these transitions.

The comparative study offers insights into the greater use of VET in the employment-centred cluster of youth transition regimes (Germany, France and the Netherlands), in comparison to other countries. The report also offers findings on the perception of VET in European Union Member States and the apparent convergence in policy across all clusters of countries in recent years with regards to the promotion of apprenticeships.

The report also offers analysis of the relevance of the 'Pohl and Walther' typology of STW transitions. A typology which distinguishes between five main types of STW regimes and groups them into the aforementioned clusters, such as 'employment-centred' or 'universalistic'.