Understanding the psychological contract in apprenticeships and traineeships to improve retention


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Author: Smith, Erica; Walker, Arlene; Brennan Kemmis, Roslin


This research examines the ‘psychological contract’ or the unwritten expectations of employers and employees in an employment relationship. The particular aim of this study was to discover whether mismatched expectations have any effect on retention in apprenticeships and traineeships. The research indicated that overall there was a very high level of agreement on the obligations of the two major parties to the employment contract. In most cases these were the same obligations as exist in any employment contract, but with a much greater emphasis on training as an obligation on both sides...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Traineeship; Employment; Research; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Employer employee relationship; Training; Apprenticeship contract

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2011

Physical description: 52 p.

ISBN: 9781921955563 (print); 9781921955556 (web)

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 104.44

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