Centres of Vocational Excellence: An engine for vocational education and training development
What is vocational excellence, why is it important, and how is it developed and for whom? This paper tries to: address the complexity of vocational excellence; explain the different types of centres of vocational excellence (CoVEs), which embody vocational excellence, their missions and functions; and identify good practices that work well in different contexts. The paper investigates issues such as: How can CoVEs deepen their engagement with the labour market and cooperate with other skills providers to form part of a comprehensive, inclusive, high-quality network? How can the design and development of CoVEs be linked to other elements of human capital development strategy, for example the development of lifelong learning or the emergence of smart specialisation?