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Vocational education, which is also referred as technical education, has emerged as an important part of the educational system in many nations around the world. Vocational education enables the students to get the knowledge and skills that are specific to a particular trade or occupation. The completion of such programs leads to vocational qualifications that are relevant to the labor market. Vocational education not only enhances the employment avenues of the individual but also provides a career alternative to those who are pursuing higher education. Earlier, vocational education training was mainly imparted in classrooms or on site. However, with the advancement of technology, online vocational education has also gained popularity around the globe.
According to a World Bank data, in 2014, China topped the list of countries among the number of people enrolled in secondary vocational education, including both men and women. There were a whopping 19,234,000 people enrolled in secondary vocational education in the country during the year. Coming at the second place was the Asian nation of Indonesia where in the same year, 4,200,000 people were enrolled in secondary vocational education across the nation. United Kingdom, where some 2,086,000 people were enrolled in vocational programs, came at the third spot. Other nations where more than 1,000,000 people were enrolled in secondary vocational programs were Egypt, India, Italy, Uzbekistan, Russia, Germany and France.
Some of the nations, which witnessed between 100,000 and 1,000,000 people enrolled in secondary vocational education were Brazil, Iran, Japan, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Pakistan, Malaysia, Finland, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and a few other nations. Meanwhile, vocational programs were not very popular in nations such as Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Kuwait, Cyprus, Lesotho, Bhutan, Liechtenstein, etc where these programs witnessed an enrollment of less than 10,000.
To get more information on the number of individuals enrolled in secondary vocational education, refer to the table below.
|Country||Enrollment in secondary vocational, (in ‘000)|
|Egypt, Arab Rep.||1,727|
|Iran, Islamic Rep.||895|
|Congo, Dem. Rep.||822|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||116|
|Hong Kong SAR, China||7|
|West Bank and Gaza||3|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch part)||2|
|Macao SAR, China||1|
|Sao Tome and Principe||1|
|Antigua and Barbuda||0|
|British Virgin Islands||0|
(Data sourced from World Bank)