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The necessity of vocational education at schools

by Vijay Garg
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We live in a society that places a high value on the profession and white-collar jobs, and that still considers blue-collar work lower status. It’s no surprise that parents want their children to pursue careers that will maintain or increase their status. In high socio-economic communities this is even more evident.

A few years ago, vocational courses were thought to be for people who did not have the aptitude to study in a school or college and thus, needed skills in a particular field, to gain employment. This bias against vocational education is dysfunctional. It is destructive to our children. They should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to, rather than more or less condemning them to jobs they’ll find meaningless.

This scenario, however, has completely changed today. Nowadays, people have realized the importance of vocational education and are opting for such courses, both online and offline, to gain skills related to a particular field so that their job prospect can improve.Benefits of vocational education in school

Career of one’s own choice is a major benefit of this type of education. A vast majority of people are caught in the wrong jobs because they opted it for the sake of security, money, social status or lack of alternative. Whereas an individual with vocational training is already pursuing his/her dream job.

Gives students opportunities to take marketable skills from the classroom directly into the working world.

 Such training promotes entrepreneurship, which is important for the economy today since recession has left many without jobs.

We believe in imparting “specialized knowledge,” which is the need of the hour.

, we consider vocational training of extreme importance. Young learners are encouraged to choose their field of interests and further pursue training in the same.

Vocational Education on both a secondary and post-secondary level should be highly valued, well-funded and effectively implemented. The first step can and should be taken on a local level.

“Vocational programs train students for many high-demand (and high-wage) jobs, develop practical skillsets and — because of the focus on hands-on learning and apprenticeship — often engage students at a higher level than traditional classroom learning”

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