ERIC Number: EJ954777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
New Models of Apprenticeship and Equal Employment Opportunity. Do Training Networks Enhance Fair Hiring Practices?
Imdorf, Christian; Leemann, Regula J.
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v64 n1 p57-74 2012
This study investigates whether occupational training networks enable the selection of apprentices to be less discriminatory. Training networks are a new organisational form of VET that is becoming increasingly widespread in Switzerland, as well as in Germany and Austria. In the Swiss model, an intermediary lead organisation recruits the candidates. It also attends to the apprenticeship itself and effects a placement of the young adults with the training network companies every year anew. The study is based on the sociology of conventions, which allows organisational mechanisms of selection in training institutions to be understood and the dangers of discrimination harboured therein to be appreciated. Based on a case study of a medium-sized training network, the study shows how this form of organisation permits a fairer selection, i.e. one that is gauged more by performance and less by social attributes of the applicants, as compared to selection processes in single SMB. (Contains 1 figure and 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Networks, Criteria, Personnel Selection, Sociology, Internship Programs, Case Studies, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Germany; Switzerland