Giving apprentices a say in their future

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Author: Owen, Milton


There are some fundamental and ongoing public concerns about the high attrition rates of apprentices and the costs to people, business, organisations and governments from noncompletions. Since the early 2000s, researchers have conducted analyses to pinpoint the likely causes of apprentice attrition, at the same time offering incentives for the take-up of apprenticeships by young people. This paper provides a snapshot of the benefits that individuals, enterprises, organisations and economies forgo from non-completions, it also gives some reasons why apprentices abandon their training, and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Providers of education and training; Research; Vocational education and training; Employment; Income; Participation; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Apprentice; Employers; Vocational teachers; Attitude; Skill development; Questionnaire; Competency based training; Dropout; Literature review

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; New South Wales

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 38 p.

On cover: NCVER Building Researcher Capacity Community of Practice Scholarship Program 2013 participant

Resource type: Occasional paper

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Department's logo, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 123.04

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