If the perception that vocational education is an "option for losers" persists, unemployment and social instability will continue to escalate.
Mervi Jansson-Aalto, a leading voice in Finnish vocational learning, told the Mail & Guardian technical institutions in her country now attract more than 50% of the country's student population.
The country has shaken off the image of these institutions as a "dead end". "They are a real option in finding a job and an equal route in terms of not being a dead end. Later on in your life if you want to go to university that's quite possible."
Via Marie Schoeman