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ERIC Number: EJ953287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Two-Year Apprenticeships--A Successful Model of Training?
Kammermann, Marlise; Stalder, Barbara E.; Hattich, Achim
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v63 n3 p377-396 2011
Educational policy is asked to support young people in their successful transition from education to employment. In Switzerland, a two-year apprenticeship with Federal VET Certificate was established in 2002 aimed at increasing the employability of low-achieving school leavers. It is a low-threshold VET programme offering standardised vocational training to low-achieving youths. It leads to a VET Certificate, which is different from the Federal VET Diploma obtained after a three- or four-year apprenticeship. Data of two Swiss longitudinal studies including a sample of apprentices on a two-year training course with either a special needs (N = 28) or a regular school (N = 261) background at lower secondary, and a sample of graduates on a three-year training course (N = 118) are used to study the success of the two-year apprenticeship from a comparative perspective. The findings confirm that the new apprenticeship offers favourable learning opportunities that foster employability and upward mobility after graduation. However, the findings also indicate limitations of the two-year apprenticeship, such as the least successful learners can only profit from the new form of apprenticeship to a certain degree. (Contains 1 note, 5 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland