ERIC Number: ED308321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
On-the-Job Training in Africa. Training Discussion Paper No. 27.
Asking how to enrich on-the-job-training and, in particular, the traditional apprenticeship system in Africa without unduly burdening employers or smothering this system that is firmly rooted in African culture and is particularly well-suited to the conditions of African life, this document concludes that it is necessary to improve the skills of those who provide the on-the-job training. Consequently, master craftsworkers should be subsidized by the state (through the reimbursement of funds they give to apprentices for spending money or through the provision of raw materials at favorable prices) if they can demonstrate they are proficient not just at their craft but at providing training. Taking such steps is important because apprenticeship is suitable for Africa in that it can be used to train a very large number of people and does not require a large investment. Most small employers learned their trade through traditional apprenticeship; this method seems to compare favorably with the education provided by African formal technical educational institutions not only in cost but also in quality and in ensuring subsequent employment. Some modern companies have successfully combined practical and theoretical instruction through alternate periods of on-the-job training and in-plant training away from the work station. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Apprenticeships, Craft Workers, Developing Nations, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Nonformal Education, On the Job Training, Training Methods
ILO Publications, International Labour Office, CH-1211, Geneva 22, Switzerland.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Africa