The potential success of current reforms and changes in vocational education and training (VET) in Europe rests largely with VET staff responsible for transforming policy into practice. This working paper argues the need for better understanding of the role of leadership in implementing changes and securing quality in VET.
The last few years have seen substantial development in the governance of VET institutions, including decentralisation, new ways of financing, and the introduction of quality assurance systems. This paper will try to establish that these developments have great impact on VET leader roles, work tasks and competence requirements.
Stakeholders need more information to be able to address the issue of leadership in VET. This paper offers a tentative start by presenting the specific work tasks, current qualification requirements, and demands on continuing professional development for VET leaders in selected European countries. It also offers suggestions for areas of further study.
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