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           Education is an essential human right that contributes to economic advancement and social mobility. It is crucial to an individual’s future, affecting their career prospects, income potential, and overall well-being. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations include a goal for inclusive and equitable quality of education, which emphasizes the importance of sustainable development.Despite this, traditional education systems worldwide have been faulted for prioritizing theoretical knowledge over practical skills. This focus has led to a huge disparity between what children and teenagers learn in schools as well as the skills they will need to work. The gap between educational attainment and labour market demands widens as industries progress and specific skill sets are sought after.

            This discrepancy results in high levels of unemployment, especially among the youth, and underemployment, where individuals are employed in jobs that do not utilize their education or skills.This problem can be addressed by incorporating vocational training into primary and secondary education. VET consists of all kinds of learning experiences, designed at the various levels to prepare people for specific trades, crafts and careers. This approach not only boosts students’ employability but also provides them with hands-on knowledge that is immediately applicable in the workforce. The integration of vocational training into the traditional education model provides a more comprehensive education that integrates academic knowledge with practical skills.Including vocational training in early education is crucial for the development of job prospects. Students who attend vocational schools are better equipped to work without academic delay after graduation.

             They gain practical experience and industry-specific skills, which are highly valued by employers. By gaining practical experience, they can transition into their current role with minimal difficulty, resulting in reduced costs and time for employers.Also, economic development is positively influenced by vocational training. Economic growth and competitiveness require skilled workers. Germany and Switzerland, for example, have very well established systems of vocational education that lower youth unemployment while resulting in higher levels of productivity. These countries have effectively synchronized their educational attainment outcomes with labour market demands, creating a workforce that can drive economic and innovation.

            The promotion of social mobility and equal access to education requires vocational training. The conventional academic paths tend to favour students from wealthier backgrounds, who are provided with supplementary resources and support systems. For students with talents and interests in technical and practical fields who may not excel in traditional academic settings, vocational education offers an alternative path. Vocational training aims to equalize the chances of students, regardless of their socio-economic status, by providing them with various educational options.Moreover, the inclusion of vocational education in primary and secondary schools can alleviate the negative perception of working in the field. Many societies view vocational education as a less esteemed option than academic education.

           This view discourages students and parents from considering alternative professions. Schools can alter perceptions by including vocational training in the regular curriculum, reinforcing the importance of vocational skills. Vocational training in primary and secondary education also promotes lifelong learning and flexibility. In today’s job market, it is essential to have the capacity for continuous learning and adaptation. The foundational skills acquired during vocational training can be utilized to enhance lifelong learning and career advancement.In summary, incorporating vocational training into primary and secondary education bridges the critical gap between educational outcomes and labour market necessities. It boosts job readiness, fosters economic advancement, encourages social mobility, and transforms attitudes towards vocational fields. As the global economy evolves, it becomes more crucial to integrate vocational training into early education to prepare a workforce that is adaptable and capable of meeting future employment needs.