Skills Development: Attitudes and perceptions
This international research project was undertaken by CSD to
examine the current skills training issues faced by employers,
practitioners, researchers and policy makers around the
The research took place in three stages:
- Desk research
- Qualitative research (focus groups and in-depth
- Quantitative survey
2,000 employers and practitioners were interviewed across nine
different countries – Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary,
India, Malaysia, South Africa and the UK.
- 80% of employers believe that vocational education and training
gets employees ready for the workplace.
- 62% of all respondents think esteem for vocational education
and training has improved over the last ten years.
Despite these positive findings,
- 54% of respondents believe that their country is facing a
- 51% of practitioners believe that learners find it difficult to
get a job after training.
The findings from this research have been used to inform CSD's
strategic direction and project selection to ensure all our work
addresses the relevant global challenges highlighted in this
report. They are:
- Matching supply and demand
- Achieving employer engagement
- Improving access to quality training
- Improving perceptions of vocational education and
July 2007 - March 2008