ERIC Number: EJ774327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 54
"I Was Just the Boy around the Place": What Made Apprenticeships Successful?
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v59 n3 p331-347 Sep 2007
This article seeks to add to current policy and debate on apprenticeships and youth transitions more widely by reflecting back upon the historical experience of the apprenticeship model. The research comprises in-depth interviews with 30 people who undertook apprenticeships in a range of trades in Great Britain in the period 1944-1982. The discussion focuses upon the socialisation aspects of apprenticeship and concludes that a key feature of good apprenticeships in the post- war period was that they offered a sheltered and extended period in which the young person was able to grow up and become job-ready. Reconstructing the social, industrial, familial and community conditions that made this possible is very difficult in the contemporary period, although further work in oral history has considerable potential. Details of the research are appended.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral History, Apprenticeships, Socialization, Job Skills, Social Influences, Family Environment, Family Influence, Children, Adolescents, Family Role, Interviews, Industry, History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)