The present paper delves into the concept of relevance in vocational education and training (VET), particularly in the context of Germany's and Australia's policies aimed at responding to the labour market needs and requirements during the COVID-19 crisis. By analysing publicly accessible documents from the COVID-19 period, this study identifies the factors that contribute to the relevance of VET programs.
The findings indicate that both governments have shown an increased interest in policies and strategies related to continuing VET programs, as compared to initial VET programs, due to the changing social and economic conditions during the pandemic. The study suggests that a comprehensive approach, including frameworks for both initial and continuing VET, is required to maintain the relevance of VET programs.
This study highlights the need for governments to exert control over the steering of VET programs, aimed at maximizing their social and economic benefits. The results of this research contribute to the understanding of the factors that drive relevance in VET and provide guidance for policymakers and practitioners in developing and implementing effective VET programs.
Syed Mahathir Bin Syed Azman Shah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Mohd Naz’ri Bin Mahrin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Affero Bin Ismail, Univerisiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia