Seven Questions about Apprenticeships
Answers from International Experience
After a period of relative neglect in many countries, apprenticeships and other forms
of work-based learning are experiencing a revival. Their effectiveness in easing school-to-work
transitions and serving the economy is increasingly recognised. However, engaging
individuals, employers, social partners and education and training systems in such
learning remains a significant challenge. In light of this, Seven Questions about
Apprenticeships draws out policy messages on how to design and implement high-quality
apprenticeships, using material from the OECD project Work-based Learning in Vocational
Education and Training.
It presents answers to seven questions commonly asked by governments and practitioners
seeking to either introduce or reform apprenticeship systems for young people and/or
older workers. Can apprenticeships provide a useful contribution in every country?
Should employers receive financial incentives for providing apprenticeships? What
is the right wage for apprentices, and how long should an apprenticeship last? How
can we ensure a good learning experience at work? How can apprenticeships be made
to work for youth at risk? And how to attract potential apprentices?
The study establishes principles of effective practice by building on new analytical
work and examples of effective practice from around the world.
Published on October 15, 2018Also available in: German, French
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