Attrition and retention of apprentices: an exploration of event history data using a multi-state modelling framework

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Author: Mangan, John; Trendle, Bernard


There is widespread public concern at the high drop-out rates among apprentices in Australia. This paper argues that this concern may be misplaced as it fails to allow for eventual completion over time. [The authors] argue that a methodology that concentrates on a single training episode only is less appropriate to evaluating training outcomes in a regime where apprentices routinely record multiple episodes of training. This paper uses a multi-state approach to model the behaviour of a large sample of apprentices over a 60 month period which proves well suited to the episodic nature of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Participation; Research; Outcomes; Evaluation

Keywords: Apprentice; Completion; Student attrition; Student retention; Analysis; Research method; Outcomes of education and training

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal title: Education economics

Journal volume: 25

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2017

Pages: pp. 406-417

ISSN: 0964-5292, 1469-5782 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.200

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