'Should I stay or should I go?': the additive double qualification pathway in Germany

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Author: Edeling, Sabrina; Pilz, Matthias


A striking number of young people in Germany with the Abitur - the qualification required for entry to higher education - do not, in fact, go on to university immediately after leaving school but opt first to do an apprenticeship. This phenomenon, where general and vocational curricula are taught independently and separately, is known as the 'additive double qualification pathway' and represents an extreme type of hybrid qualification. This paper considers a range of individual influences in an attempt to obtain a holistic view of the possible motives of those who opt for this pathway....  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Qualifications; Pathways; Career development; Research; Vocational education and training; Higher education

Keywords: Apprentice; Career guidance; Career choice; Decision making; Survey

Geographic subjects: Germany; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 69

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 81-99

ISSN: 1363-6820, 1747-5090 (online)

Special issue: 'Post-secondary education and training, new vocational and hybrid pathways and questions of equity, inequality and social mobility', guest edited by Ann-Marie Bathmaker and Debra Bragg.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.217

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