Affordance, agency and apprenticeship learning: a comparative study of small and large engineering firms

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Author: Bishop, Daniel


Amidst concerns over skills shortages, both the current British government and its coalition predecessors have, against the grain of wider austerity measures, invested heavily in the apprenticeship system. The majority of apprentices are, and have historically been, employed within small businesses. However, research suggests that, in the main, small firms tend to approach management issues - including workplace employee development - in a less formal way than their larger counterparts. What implications this has for apprentices and their workplace learning remains unclear. The article...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Workforce development; Industry; Research

Keywords: Apprentice; Workplace learning; Organisation behaviour; Small business; Small and medium enterprise; Qualitative research; Comparative analysis

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 22

Journal number: 1

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 68-86

ISSN: 1359-6748, 1747-5112 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Dan Bishop

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.1016

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