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A comparative analysis of youth vocational training in Northern Ireland and Denmark

Norry McBride (Job Link, Coleraine, Northern Ireland)
Trevor Morrow (School of International Business, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland)
Carol Ackah (School of Business Organisation and Management, University of Ulster, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland)

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



This paper raises the question whether or not a social and economic dimension exists (community and social involvement, career service intervention/assistance, employer requirements, qualification building) within the Jobskills Training Programme in Northern Ireland. For many young school leavers it has undoubtedly assisted them in the transition from school to the world of work. In addition, many of the cohort study gained an accredited qualification for the first time. All of this, of course, has the aim of making them more employable within the labour market. However, with the local economy becoming stronger and skills shortages rising quickly we have to ask what real contribution does a training intervention like Jobskills really make. In order to determine the effectiveness and contribution to the local labour market, a comparison is made to the Danish vocational and education training model, which highlights significant fundamental differences. The paper concludes by demonstrating the key policy differences and thus presents a new vocational model for youth training in Northern Ireland.



McBride, N., Morrow, T. and Ackah, C. (2004), "A comparative analysis of youth vocational training in Northern Ireland and Denmark", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 519-532.



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