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Comparative VET European research since the 1980s: accommodating changes in VET systems and labour markets. / Winch, Christopher; Clarke, Linda; Westerhuis, Anneke.

In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 14.12.2020, p. 1-21.

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Winch, C, Clarke, L & Westerhuis, A 2020, 'Comparative VET European research since the 1980s: accommodating changes in VET systems and labour markets', Journal of Vocational Education and Training, pp. 1-21.

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Winch, C., Clarke, L., & Westerhuis, A. (2020). Comparative VET European research since the 1980s: accommodating changes in VET systems and labour markets. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 1-21.

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Winch C, Clarke L, Westerhuis A. Comparative VET European research since the 1980s: accommodating changes in VET systems and labour markets. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 2020 Dec 14;1-21.

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Winch, Christopher ; Clarke, Linda ; Westerhuis, Anneke. / Comparative VET European research since the 1980s: accommodating changes in VET systems and labour markets. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 2020 ; pp. 1-21.

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