The Impact of Vocational Qualifications on the Labour Market Outcomes of Low-Achieving School-Leavers
Steven McIntosh ()
CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE
This paper creates a pseudo cohort of individuals who left school in the mid-1990s, usingLabour Force Survey. The extent of low achievement at school amongst this group isdocumented, and then the impact of such low achievement on labour force status is estimated.The main focus of the paper is then to investigate to what extent unqualified school leaverscan improve their labour market status through the acquisition of vocational qualifications,and how many follow this option. The results show that vocational qualifications at all levelscan improve the employment chances of unqualified school leavers, even once we use paneldata to control for unobserved individual heterogeneity and to ensure that the qualification isacquired before employment is attained. There are also small effects on occupationalmobility, but little impact on wages. However, few unqualified school leavers seem to befollowing this vocational route to qualification achievement.
Keywords: education; vocational qualifications; employment; longitudinal data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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