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ERIC Number: ED502481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 76
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: ISBN-1-8447-8745-1
The Role of Training Allowances in Incentivising the Behaviour of Young People and Employers. Research Report RR756
Spielhofer, Thomas; Nelson, Julie; O'Donnell, Lisa; Sims, David
National Foundation for Educational Research
The results reported in this document are from a large scale survey of employers, apprentices, Local Learning and Skills Councils (LLSCs), and providers carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) between June 2005 and March 2006, which explored their views and experiences of the use and impact of training allowances. Reported findings include: (1) Female apprentices were found to be significantly more likely to be receiving a training allowance instead of a salary than males, apparently linked with the fact that females were more highly represented in sectors such as childcare and land-based occupations; (2) Thirty percent of young people reported that they would have started their apprenticeship even if they had found out, before they started, that they would not be paid for it: the majority would have taken an alternative route, most commonly other paid employment; and (3) Approximately one-third of trainees were satisfied with the level of payments they received during their apprenticeship, but more than half were not satisfied (28 per cent were dissatisfied, while a further 24 per cent were very dissatisfied, and more than 25 per cent dropped out of their training primarily due to insufficient apprenticeship income. Two appendixes are included: (1) Representativeness of Respondents to the Survey of Trainees; and (2) Background Information on Responding Employers. (Contains 13 footnotes and 17 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)