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Vocational Training Provides Benefits to Families Beyond Short-term Increases in Income

“I hope that this research will spark further insights and studies because the findings could help many countries improve policies aimed at increasing opportunities for social mobility.”

Adriana Kugler, McCourt Professor

Below are three key findings from the research:

  1. Trainees pursued further education opportunities. The evidence suggests that female and male trainees increased higher education enrollments after the training program by 28% and 25%, respectively. With fewer financial credit constraints, women pursued additional education opportunities after initial vocational training. The evidence also showed that men pursued further education after the initial training after seeing the value of the learned skills and potential for growth.
  2. Family members of the trainees were more likely to pursue educational opportunities. As family members learned about new skills, the findings showed that secondary school completion rates increased among relatives of participants by 14%, which suggests that family members are more likely to also pursue educational opportunities.
  3. The overall benefits well surpass the costs of the program when taking into account the educational opportunities and impacts on other family members.
    When the educational benefits of participants and their family members, or spillover benefits, are taken into account, the benefits outweigh the costs of the program substantially. By contrast, the benefits cover costs by a smaller margin when one only considers the earnings benefits to the trainees.

 

For more information, you can read the full report and findings here.