Vocational Training

Last Updated: June 29, 2018

Definition - What does Vocational Training mean?

Vocational training is a field of training focused on helping individuals develop the skills necessary for employment. Vocational training may include general job skills training but is usually directed toward learning the skills necessary for a specific job or vocation. Unlike general academic instruction, vocational training is usually limited to teaching the processes and knowledge required to perform on the job. Vocational training is sometimes called vocational education training (VET).

WorkplaceTesting explains Vocational Training

Vocational training provides individuals with targeted instruction intended to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a selected career. Individuals may receive vocational training either as students seeking employment or as employees on the job. A person entering a vocational education program is seeking to learn a specific trade or craft. Vocational training is available for a diverse number of jobs including welding, cooking, medical transcription, and auto repair. Some vocational training programs provide students with certifications or licenses demonstrating their competence following completion of the training program.

Vocational training is often offered after an accident to help employees transition into new job duties and to military members as they leave service in order to assist them in transitioning to civilian based jobs.

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