01 Jun 2018

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: SETTING A PATH TO STUDENT’S CAREER

What skills are employers looking for in new employees? What should students learn now that will help them secure jobs in the future? These are the questions that come to mind when you realize students need more than academic qualification.

Some believe there is a particular age and time for children to start thinking about vocational skills and training maybe after their secondary education. The idea that 14 is the right age to choose between an academic and a vocational pathway was made popular by the 2004 Tomlinson review of 14-19 education. But since then, several attempts to establish quality vocational education from 14 have failed.

If students are planning on specific vocations and know where they want to live and make their homes. Students may select any of these states and find out about its population, employment statistics, and projected opportunities for various fields. Are veterinarians needed in California? Will many teachers be hired in Abuja, Portharcout or Alabama? As an educator, you can instruct your students to list a few occupations that interest them and choose some states that might be good places to call home. Then have them research opportunities to find out whether the occupations they chose are among the fastest growing and well-paying jobs in the states.

Finding hot jobs! choosing a job is an awesome task for young people, and it is one that is best made when they are well informed. Students may research jobs of interest and find out about the nature of the work, the working conditions, employment statistics, training, earnings, the outlook for opportunities in the field, and more. Encouraging students to examine a few careers and record the earnings that are commonly paid. Then allow them to use The salary calculator can also be used to find out how much they would need to make in your area and in others that they like. They may go back to the Occupational Outlook Handbook to see whether it concurs with the Money finding and discover whether these growing careers hold interest for them.

Strengthening vocational education, therefore, becomes imperative for countries to address the current shortfall and to augment its skilled workforce for the future. The current strength of ITI’s (Industrial Training Institutes) and TC (Technical colleges) is woefully inadequate to address the current shortfall of a skilled workforce; therefore, it becomes necessary to look at widening the scope and dimension of skills training. The technical colleges in Nigeria need to be upgraded and focus should be on flexible education and training system. Skill-based education must be imparted to students right from the school level. Students should be encouraged to learn and develop skills based on their interest and their capability. Providing skill-based education with practical hands-on sessions at the school level would also arouse interest and foster innovative thoughts in the minds of young students. Such an education system that focuses on flexible dual learning at the school level would help set the foundation for the development of a large supply pool of skilled workforce for the future.

Providing skill-based education with practical hands-on sessions at the school level would also arouse interest and foster innovative thoughts in the minds of young students. Such an education system that focuses on flexible dual learning at the school level would help set the foundation for the development of a large supply pool of skilled workforce for the future.

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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