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ERIC Number: EJ1001449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
What's the Point of Adult Apprenticeships?
Fuller, Alison; Unwin, Lorna
Adults Learning, v23 n3 p8-13 Spr 2012
Is there an optimum age to be an apprentice? For most people, their image of an apprentice would be a teenage school leaver. Yet, in England, the majority of apprentices are over the age of 19 when they start their apprenticeship, and 40 per cent are 25 or over. This would be very unusual in other European countries. In this article, the authors discuss what lies behind the participation figures and the meaning of apprenticeship for adults. The authors stress that there's no reason to think older workers wouldn't benefit from apprenticeships that helped them learn new skills and progress in their careers. But converting existing workers into apprentices to increase the numbers with qualifications is unlikely to help them fulfil their aspirations. The practice of converting existing employees into apprentices to support the attainment of the government's numerical targets is grossly undermining the concept of apprenticeship as a model of learning. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)