Engaging Employers in Vocational Education and Training in Brazil

Learning from International Practices

One of a series of studies on vocational education and training (VET), this report focuses on how international evidence can inform reforms of the VET system in Brazil. The reforms aim to considerably expand provision of initial VET, tripling enrolment between 2014-2024. Today, few upper-secondary students participate in VET in Brazil as compared to many OECD countries. The reform is a welcome initiative, provided that the expansion is coupled with investments in quality. Expansion of VET is likely to diversify the students attending VET programmes and increase the demand for VET teachers, and schools will need the support to make this work while ensuring that the programmes they offer are relevant for the labour market. By international standards, employers in Brazil provide limited input into VET policy and very few VET students have an opportunity of training with employers, and the reforms could be an opportunity to strengthen their involvement. Moreover, the reform could reinforce assessment strategies, as a lack of reliable assessment may decrease the value of VET qualifications. To support reform efforts in Brazil, this report brings in international evidence and discusses how other countries are addressing various related challenges encountered in their VET systems.

Available from February 18, 2022

In series:OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Trainingview more titles


Executive summary
Key insights and recommendations
Effective strategies for expanding vocational education and training in Brazil
Involvement of employers in the provision of training
Governance and framework for social partners’ involvement in vocational education and training
Assessment and certification in vocational education and training
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