The psychological contract in apprenticeships and traineeships: comparing the perceptions of employees and employers

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Author: Walker, Arlene; Smith, Erica; Brennan Kemmis, Roslin


This paper compares the perceptions of Australian apprentices/trainees and employers of apprentices/trainees in relation to the psychological contract: the unwritten mutual expectations employers and employees have of each other. A random sample of apprentices and trainees (N = 219) and employers of apprentices and trainees (N = 262) from Victoria and Queensland, Australia completed surveys. Information was collected about perceived employer, employee and training obligations and how well they had been met. Overall it was found that apprentices/trainees and employers rated similar...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Traineeship; Employment; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Apprentice; Apprenticeship contract; Trainee; Employers; Perception

Geographic subjects: Queensland; Victoria; Australia; Oceania

Published: Bakery Hill, Victoria: International Employment Relations Association, 2012

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Journal volume: 18

Journal number: 1

Journal date: 2012

Pages: pp. 66-81

ISSN: 1324-1125

Statement of responsibility: Arlene Walker, Erica Smith, Ros Brennan Kemmis

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 122.402

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