Firms' motivation for training apprentices: an Australian-German comparison

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Author: Pfeifer, Harald U.


This paper looks at firms' motivation for training apprentices in both Australia and Germany. The study explores how these countries compare when dealing with their respective institutional arrangements for apprenticeship training. It then analyses Australian employer's commitment to training based on changes to incentive payments in Australia. Overall, the paper finds that institutional frameworks in Germany foster an investment model, a model which emphasises the benefits of employing apprentices after training, while in Australia some firms foster more of a production (that is,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Vocational education and training; Employment; Industry; Finance; Participation; Policy; Governance; Outcomes; Research; Statistics

Keywords: Apprentice; Employers; Investment; Cost; Financial aspects; Government expenditure; Education and training system; Decision making; Comparative analysis; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; Germany; Europe

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 34 p.

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ISBN: 9781925173581

Statement of responsibility: Harald Pfeifer

Resource type: Occasional paper

Rights: With the exception of cover design, artwork, photographs, all logos, and any other material where copyright is owned by a third party, 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 124.17

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