Sustainability (of VET provision and /or progamme)

Definition:  Sustainability is the continued use of VET programmes for the continued achievement of desirable programme and  learners’ outcomes. Generally speaking, the likelihood of sustainability is heightened when there is an alignment, compatibility, or convergence of problem recognition in the external organizational environment or community, (2) the programme in question, and (3) internal organizational objectives and capacities. This orientation implies a multilevel system of VET provision implemented by individuals, embedded in an organization, that operates within a community context or interorganizational network over time.

Source: Adapted from Scheirer, M. A., & Dearing, J. W. (2011). An Agenda for Research on the Sustainability of Public Health Programs. American Journal of Public Health, 101(11), 2059–2067


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