From apprenticeships to higher vocational education in Denmark: building bridges while the gap is widening

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Author: Jorgensen, Christian Helms


Upper secondary vocational education in Denmark is based on the apprenticeship model, which is recognised as a valuable route to employment for young people, who are not aiming for higher education. However, the apprenticeship model has a major weakness: it does not provide eligibility for higher education. The purpose of this article is to examine this problem in a historical perspective. The article builds on a combination of policy studies, statistical cohort studies and interview studies. First, the article explores why progression from apprenticeship to higher education has become a...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Vocational education and training; Governance; Pathways; Participation; Policy

Keywords: VET in schools; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Barrier; Education and training system; History; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Denmark; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 69

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 64-80

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 128.216

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