We are indebted to the Direcção Regional de Formação Profissional in Madeira and, particularly, to Maria João Freitas and Ricardo Figueira for providing the dataset. We thank seminar participants at the European Research Network on Transition in Youth Conference Workshop.
The contribution of vocational training to employment, job-related skills and productivity: evidence from Madeira
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
International Journal of Training and Development
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 53–72, March 2009
How to Cite
Budría, S. and Telhado-Pereira, P. (2009), The contribution of vocational training to employment, job-related skills and productivity: evidence from Madeira. International Journal of Training and Development, 13: 53–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2419.2008.00315.x
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2009
In this paper, we analyse the transition to the labor market of participants in vocational training in Madeira in Portugal. The analysis is in two stages. First, we investigate how the employment status at different dates (1 month, 1 year, and 2 years after the completion of the training program) depends on relevant variables, such as age, gender, education and the content and duration of the training. Second, we use individuals' self-assessment of the effectiveness of the training program along three dimensions: employment, job-related skills and productivity. The respondents score training activities high on every dimension. Moreover, we find that training is more effective among the educated, indicating that vocational training is far from being remedial. We also find that long training programs and training related to tourism are particularly effective.