Predicting apprenticeship retention: not all trades are the same


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Author: Powers, Tim


In Australia non-completion rates in trade apprenticeship training have remained stubbornly high over the last decade and currently hover between 44 per cent and 46 per cent. Most studies of retention or attrition focus on apprentices as a single group. However, the challenge of identifying the reasons why some people persist in an apprenticeship, while others drop out is complex and multifaceted. This study explores the factors which predict planned persistence and the risk of dropping out for two construction trade apprenticeships - plumbing and bricklaying. These two trades share some...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Industry; Participation; Outcomes; Research; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Research project; Apprentice; Dropout; Decision making; Attitude; Skill development

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2015

Pages: pp. 50-87

Related items: TD/TNC 120.05

Statement of responsibility: Tim E. Powers

Resource type: Book chapter

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 120.879

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