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The School of Education at the University of Glasgow is looking to recruit two Research Associates to make a leading contribution to research projects in the School of Education as part of a Researcher Pool, managed by the School’s Director of Research, Professor Simon McGrath. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals.

My colleagues (Dr Saikat Maitra, Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, India; Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz, Univ. of Cologne, Germany) are editing a special issue of the journal, Educationa and Training, entitled, 'Not in high regard: an exploration of low reputation of vocational education in the Global South'.

This special issue will explore a comparative analysis of the factors behind the lower reputation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Global South.

Antje Barabasch from the the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training, new W-o-W guest author, discusses the role of women (and men) in East Germany based on a three-part TV documentary worth watching. Unfortunately only in German at the moment.

In the framework of European countries’ cooperation on VET and lifelong learning, Cedefop monitors, analyses and reports on countries’ priorities and activities.

For the current policy cycle, which started with two policy documents setting the scene – the first ever Council Recommendation on VET and the Osnabrück Declaration –, countries have submitted national implementation plans laying out their activities for the coming years up to 2025.