Two-year apprenticeships – a successful model of training?

Kammermann, Marlise; Stalder, Barbara E.; Hättich, Achim (2011). Two-year apprenticeships – a successful model of training? Journal of vocational education & training, 63(3), pp. 377-396. Routledge 10.1080/13636820.2011.586130

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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.

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Thomas Meyer

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