Research type: Report, Qualitative Research
Method: Systematic Literature Review, In-depth Interview
Duration: 5 months
Role: Research assistant (interview, data analysis, translation, report writing)


This report draws on distinctive insights into global skills systems. Innovations and developments in other countries have long held fascination for policymakers and educators in the UK. Indeed, an entire field of international and comparative education exists. While taking regard of the cultural and political contexts, looking to other countries to understand better their education and training system brings many advantages for policy learning and contextualised learning. This research endeavours to show how other countries enable technical and vocational education and training to be at the forefront of curriculum and workforce development.

We address the following question: “How do other countries, with interesting or pioneering technical education systems, develop the skills of their technical education workforce to ensure high quality teaching standards?”


  • 7 countries (snowball sampling
  • 56 semi-structured online interviews

Research phases
  • phase 1: a desk-based literature review of policy, academic, and grey literature
  • phase 2: semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders 
  • phase 3: cross-country analysis.


  • World-class standards are key to a skills economy

  • Teaching excellence is innovative and responsive to emerging need

  • Skills economies are rooted in networked skills systems

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