A Lens Comparison of Vocational Education and Training in the Beauty Sectors in Taiwan and the UK
A number of studies have highlighted the importance of effective interaction between vocational education and industry in nurturing professionals. A common strategy is to build a partnership between industry and education to ensure that graduates meet the requirements of industry, in preparation for employment. Using a lens comparison approach, which provides the capability to draw on ethnographic experiences, this paper explores and compares the relationship between industry and vocational education in the beauty sectors of Taiwan and the UK. The overall method included observation, informal interviews and documentation analysis. Significant differences were found not only in culture and levels of vocational education structure, but also in the unified standard and levels of skill formation, which are key points in preparing graduates’ confidence and competence. In Taiwan, the lack of a body with responsibility for regulations, the overlapping levels in qualifications and ineffective communication between education and industry have led to beauty graduates lacking confidence in their ability, adversely impacting on their aspirations. Whereas, in the UK, based on a unified structure, the learners’ educational and working experiences are recognised by both education and industry. Findings from this study will be beneficial for curriculum design and individual career development in this field and may also form a broader concept for use in other fields.
Citation : Hsiao, I. and Baines, E. (2013) A Lens Comparison of Vocational Education and Training in the Beauty Sectors in Taiwan and the UK. In: ACE 2013 (The Asian Conference on Education) – Learning and Teaching in Changing Times, 24th-27th October 2013, Osaka, Japan.
Research Group : Creative and Cultural Industries
Research Institute : Institute of Art and Design