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Vocational training is a link between education and the working world.
Vocational education is education that prepares people to work in a trade, in a career, as a technician, or in support roles in professions such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, or law. Vocational jobs are usually based on manual or practical activities and are traditionally non-academic but related to a specific trade or occupation.
Vocational education can take place at the secondary, post-secondary, further education, and higher education level; and can interact with the apprenticeship system. At the post-secondary level, vocational education is often provided by a highly specialized institute of technology/Polytechnic, or by a university, or by a local community college.
The training for vocational jobs requires less education than four-year degree programs. They are also significantly less expensive. Instructors at this level of education use traditional methods of teaching. They incorporate the use of lesson plans, teacher resources, worksheets, and other tools in this process. One difference to other education programs is the on-the-job training component. Many students will have the opportunity to work in their field while being educated. Some will be accepted into valuable apprenticeship programs.