Measuring COVID-19’s impact on vocational education and training

What is it?

Widespread school closures made headlines across the world during the pandemic, with over 1 billion of students experiencing disruptions to their schooling. The vocational education and training (VET) sector has faced particular challenges during the crisis, most notably the fact that the digital learning environments that most education institutions had to rely on during closures don’t work as well for practice-oriented learning – a core component of VET instruction – as they do for academic learning.

The OECD has collected comparative statistics and policy information across a number of education systems to track developments throughout the pandemic, including the impact on the vocational education and training sector. From this webinar, you can learn more about the results of this analysis and where the VET sector finds itself in these difficult times.


– Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills
– El Iza Mohamedou, Head of the OECD Centre for Skills
– Jessica Winnall, Deputy Executive Director, National Careers Institute, Australia
– Kristin Mathilde Drahus, Adviser, Department of Statistics and Data Management, Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training

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