Adult trade apprentices: exploring the significance of recognition of prior learning and skill sets for earlier completion

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Author: Hargreaves, Jo; Blomberg, Davinia


The average age profile of apprentices is changing and increasing numbers of adults over the age of 25 are starting an apprenticeship. This study explores the use and uptake of recognition of prior learning (RPL) amongst adult apprentices, along with a consideration of the impacts to earlier completion and the pay-off in terms of employment outcomes and wages. Overall, shortened pathways are not adversely affecting outcomes but cultural attitudes, inconsistent treatment, funding of RPL, and skill sets is affecting uptake.

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Subjects: Apprenticeship; Participation; Employment; Income; Outcomes; Pathways; Qualifications; Skills and knowledge; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Apprentice; Recognition of prior learning; Completion; Wage; Skill sets

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2015

Physical description: 101 p.

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Related items: TD/TNC 121.12; TD/TNC 121.607

ISBN: 9781925173277

The companion publication 'Alternative pathways to apprenticeships: good practice guide' is indexed at TD/TNC 121.12.

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 121.09

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