Two-year apprenticeships - a successful model of training?

  • Kammermann M
  • Stalder B
  • Hättich A
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Abstract

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 gr...

Author-supplied keywords

  • Apprenticeship
  • Longitudinal study
  • Low achievers
  • School-to-work transition
  • Switzerland
  • VET reform

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