EU Research Study on Vocational Education: International Perspectives on Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work

The changing nature of work raises many questions for the US education system about how to prepare skilled technicians. The economic turmoil of the global pandemic only adds to these questions. To address these challenges and help broaden the US perspective on how to approach technician education, models of technician education from the European context can offer ideas to spur innovation in the US system. To this end, this research includes a scan of European practices in vocational education that are replicable in the US. Through web searches, review of the literature, and selected interviews with European experts on vocational education and industry, this research project will seek to benchmark models from the European context that can inform the US context.