What is Meant by Vocational Training?

tailorsEducation comes in two basic varieties: purely academic and vocational. An academic education emphasizes learning for its own sake. This type of education is the essence of the liberal, western civilization philosophy which believes that the value of individuals supersedes the value of the collective society. The ideal is to create individuals with broad educations, well-rounded, with the ability to think for themselves. Knowledge of history, basic math concepts, literature, basic science concepts, creates people with more choices, more knowledge, and the ability to (hopefully) think for themselves. Democracies rely on a population of well-educated “free-thinkers.”
Before the advent of universal free and liberal education most people spent most of their youth learning a trade so that they could be self-sufficient economically, and contribute to the society a skill that was needed. Often children would be apprenticed to an artisan, such as a blacksmith, baker, or tailor, and learn the trade from an expert. This assured the apprentice employment one day, but did not offer a chance to become something different. There was very little upward mobility.
Today there can be choices. Most children in most western societies receive a basic liberal education, but those who desire can get out of their school chairs and choose a more hands-on type of education. They can learn auto mechanics, dental hygiene and more. Nowadays vocational training is not just in a trade or craft, but even advanced training in such fields as pharmacy, nursing, medicine and engineering are considered vocational training. The fact that they are on a high level does not make them any less training for an occupation, rather than education just for education’s sake.

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How to Become a Carpenter

Jermaine Spencer gives tips and advice on how to become a carpenter.



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Beauty Can Pay the Bills

hairdresserWhen we think about getting an education, many of us think about college degrees and schools of study. But there are many ways to make a living and some of them take us down paths we might not have considered. Becoming a cosmetician, for instance, is a great way to work independently, to work from your home and to make quite a nice living either by itself or on the side.

During cosmetician school, you’ll learn about make-up application, hair cutting, hair styling and more. Some programs focus more on one area of cosmetician than others. When you come out of the program, you should know how to cut and dry hair, how to set hair for a wedding or other event, how to color hair and more. You’ll also know what make-up colors work best for various skin tones and you can do make-up application for weddings, for events, and for teaching people about doing their own make-up application.

Many of these programs also teach students about color choices so that they can help clients to select clothing that will best suit their skin tone and their body.  While the vocational programs you encounter may not take place in fancy settings, and may include folding chairs and folding tables, you can walk away with a real professional and with real skills. And these, in the end, are worth a great deal to the pocket book and the self-esteem of the one being trained.

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A Vocational Education Teacher

vocational-teachersIn Australia, the skills recommendation information for a vocational education teacher are:

“Teaches one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a technical and further education (TAFE) institute, polytechnic or other training institute to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes. Registration or licensing is required.

This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1). Information on the skill level of each occupation is consistent with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) and may differ from the requirements set by the assessing authorities for obtaining a skills assessment. Please contact the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation to check on their requirements.”

Program eligibility is that:

“Applicants in this occupation may be eligible for skilled migration under the following programs: Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), Points Based Skilled Migration visa, Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457).

A skills assessment is only required for certain visa subclasses in the skilled migration program. Please check whether a skills assessment is required for the visa subclass you want to apply for before contacting the relevant assessing authority.

Under the General Skilled Migration program, some occupations may only be available for state or territory government agency nomination. For a complete list of occupations, refer to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).”

For more information see: http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/v/vocational-education-teacher.htm



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Not Every Road Is Straight

community-collegeMany of us assume that we have to complete school and get a traditional job. But there are many ways to achieve employment and many roads to get there. One of the best ways to become employed and to feel confident about yourself and your skills is to do some vocational training. Almost any city has vocational training programs, whether these are done through a high school, an evening school, a community college or a community center. Today, there are so many vocational training programs that can be rewarding and exciting.

Some of the vocational training programs that might be of interest include: carpentry, hair cutting, make-up application, electrician skills, auto mechanics and many more. With some of these fields, you might find yourself pouring over wood on banquet tables learning how to build a dining room table or chairs. With others, you’ll learn about make-up application and hair styling.

Some of these programs will allow you to get a job in a salon or a store. Others will allow you to put up your own shingle and to start working for yourself. And this can be an incredibly beneficial way to get into the workforce. You might even find yourself cutting hair for a few years and then returning to school for more training. And you can continue supporting yourself with your hair cutting business on the side.

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