Higher Education and the Labour Market

In the earlier CHEPS study entitled “Perspectives on Higher Education and the Labour Market- Review of International policy developments” (December 2011) policy instruments were explored regarding the connection between higher education and the labour market in a number of countries. That study focused on the initiatives and policy instruments that are used to improve supply and demand of graduates and generally labour market relevance of study programmes.

This report “Higher Education and the Labour Market” builds upon the previous report and aims to digging a bit deeper into some themes in the countries Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United States, and update developments since the first review in 2011. The following themes will be guiding in this report: labour market relevance, steering instruments of the government, involvement of employers, labour market information and public-private providers.
The focus of this study is the extent to which labour market considerations are taken into account in decisions on educational provision.