ERIC Number: EJ1024403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Apprenticeship and Progression in the Healthcare Sector: Can Labour Market Theory Illuminate Barriers and Opportunities in Contrasting Occupations?
Turbin, Jill; Fuller, Alison; Wintrup, Julie
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v66 n2 p156-174 2014
There is growing research and policy interest in the extent to which government supported Apprenticeship in England provides a platform for educational and career progression in different occupational sectors. This paper makes a contribution to this debate by presenting research on the healthcare sector undertaken in a regional health authority in England, and by suggesting that ideas associated with labour market theory can shed light on some of the key differences in Apprenticeship frameworks and the progression opportunities available in different kinds of healthcare occupations. The research included policy and documentary review as well as qualitative interviews with employers in NHS Trusts. More specifically, our analysis applies key characteristics of occupational and internal labour markets to show how Apprenticeship frameworks fit and reinforce variations in employment, training and career opportunities in two contrasting Advanced Apprenticeship frameworks; Clinical Healthcare Support and Pharmacy Services. We conclude that the labour market lens is useful in focusing attention on the structures and key stakeholder relationships which determine the development of vocational training and the barriers or opportunities for educational or career progression in diverse sectoral contexts and occupations across the economy.
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Labor Market, Barriers, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Health Occupations, Pharmaceutical Education, Occupational Mobility, Documentation, Higher Education, Interviews, Health Personnel, Career Development, Policy Analysis, Employers, Stakeholders, Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)