Vocational education and training (VET) development and social dialogue in Egypt: A historical institutional perspective

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Soliman, S. 2023. Vocational education and training (VET) development and social dialogue in Egypt: A historical institutional perspective. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2023.2258496
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TitleVocational education and training (VET) development and social dialogue in Egypt: A historical institutional perspective
AuthorsSoliman, S.
Abstract

The policy problem of Vocational Education and Training (VET) development is an ongoing challenge for many developing countries. International organisations and donor agencies conceptualize the problem as one of skill supply and demand mismatch. Such market-based perspective offers important insights into the problem; however, it does not sufficiently emphasise the influence of the historically institutionalised systems in which key VET actors; the state, employers and workers, are embedded. In this article, we use evidence from the Egyptian context to explore some of the key institutional features that have historically influenced VET and its trajectory to development. We use a process tracing approach to analyse documents on VET development in Egypt from 1955 until 2011. The analysis shows the persistence of weak VET and weakly-articulated state-employer-worker relations across three temporal phases identified by critical junctures during this period. The study calls for a broader conceptualization of the VET development problem to account for the historically rooted institutional relationships between the state, capital and labour in Egypt.

KeywordsVocational education and training (VET); skill supply and demand mismatch; social dialogue; state-employer-worker relations; Egypt
Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeSustainability
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
ISSN1363-6820
Electronic1747-5090
Publication dates
Online18 Sep 2023
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Deposited07 Sep 2023
Accepted18 Aug 2023
Submitted24 Apr 2023
Output statusPublished
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Vocational Education & Training on 18 Sep 2023, available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2023.2258496

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2023.2258496
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