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ERIC Number: EJ776691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Exploring Innovative Apprenticeship Quality and Costs
Grollmann, Philipp; Rauner, Felix
Education & Training, v49 n6 p431-446 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show that the quality of learning in German apprenticeships can be increased without raising costs under certain conditions. It starts with a contextual description of apprenticeship in the dual system, showing that this insight is of central importance, since employers in Germany are increasingly withdrawing from apprenticeship provision. Design/methodology/approach: The paper is a case study-methodology and shows one selected case out of 24 presented. The selected case is then related to the findings of the other cases explored. Findings: The findings in the paper imply that quality of apprenticeships can be improved without an increase in costs, challenge the classical economics of apprenticeship. "Grounded" indicators of quality in apprenticeship are formulated learning in productive work processes is a core characteristic of apprenticeships the productive work apprentices engage in needs to follow a well thought through sequential logic learning is based on a high degree of autonomy learning is embedded into the business process client satisfaction provides an important quality benchmark commitment to occupation and the company can provide a source of responsibility and quality and professional competence is the ultimate goal of learning. Research limitations/implications: The results in the paper were further processed into a self-evaluation tool assisting companies in their cost-benefit calculation. The developed standardised instrument was not tested in an international context. Both instruments presented could be further validated by taking up the view of multiple stakeholders and comparing results with alternative methodologies of assessing the learning quality. Practical implications: The paper suggests an intensified integration of apprenticeship training into productive work processes. In order to turn this into quality learning the complexity of tasks needs to be increased over the course of apprenticeship. Originality/value: The paper proposes a new look at the costs of apprenticeships. Therefore, it is of interest to researchers and managers with an interest in apprenticeship training. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany