Vocational education is education within vocational schools that prepares people for a specific trade. it directly develops expertise in techniques related to technology, skill and scientific technique to span all aspects of the trade. vocational education is classified as using procedural knowledge. generally known as career and technical education (cte) or technical and vocational education and training (tvet) it prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a high professional practitioner position in career's such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, law etc. craft vocations are usually based on manual or practical activities and are traditionally non-academic but related to a specific trade, occupation . it is sometimes referred to as technical education as the trainee directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques. vocational education can be at the secondary, post-secondary level, further education, and higher education level and can interact with the apprenticeship system. increasingly, vocational education can be recognized in terms of recognition of prior learning and partial academic credit towards tertiary education (e.g., at a university) as credit. vocational education is related to the apprenticeship system of learning. as the labour market becomes more specialized and require higher levels of skill, governments and businesses are increasingly investing in the future of vocational education through publicly funded training organizations and subsidized apprenticeship or traineeship initiatives for businesses. at the post-secondary level vocational education is typically provided by an institute of technology/polytechnic, university, or by a local community college. vocational education has diversified over the 20th century and now exists in industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services and cosmetics, as well as in the traditional crafts and cottage industries.